Summer is an exciting time, full of outdoor adventures, BBQ’s, and experiences that will create lasting memories for years to come. While summer is a time that many spend outdoors with family and friends, there are certain guests that we can assume are not invited to the party—insects. While insects play an important role in the ecosystem, we aren’t quite ready to take out an extra chair and invite them to join in the festivities. We want to share ways that you can prepare your outdoor living area to keep any unwanted pests out.
Eliminate Standing Water
Any form of standing water is inviting pests like mosquitoes to invade your living area. Many families love to have bird baths on their property to enjoy and give the birds a drink. It is important to change the water every few days to ensure that it remains fresh. Following a rainstorm, it is important to check your property for any form of standing water that can accumulate on the top of overturned planters, or fill an unused wheelbarrow.
Clean Your Yard
Be sure to keep your yard clear of any fallen leaves, sticks, or branches. Insects love to build nests or hide among anything that may be left in the yard. Mowing frequently can also deter insects who like to hide among the tall grass blades.
Add an Outdoor Fan
If you have an overhang, gazebo, or lanai, adding an outdoor fan is an extra way to deter unwanted insects. The cool breeze will not only benefit you, it will keep away unwanted insects such as mosquitoes and flies as they do not like the wind.
Add Some Extra Plants
Depending on the insects you are trying to deter, there are a number of plants that can be added to your patio or outdoor space to help your cause. Be sure to speak to an expert at your local gardening center and they can direct you to the plants that will best fit your needs.
Proper irrigation can also help deter unwanted insects. If you are interested in learning more about irrigation, updating or adding a system we would love to hear from you. We are proud to have served Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, and Citrus counties for the past 25 years.