The warmer weather is definitely welcomed, but all the creepy-crawly bugs aren't. Here are some tips to blind side those critters to help make your yard (and home) more bug free!
Décor Touches - There are certain kinds of outdoor décor you can add that will not only make your outdoor space look good, but, will also help keep the bugs at a minimum. You can install patio fans outside. Mosquitos and other flying insects can't stand up to flowing air, and you'll get the benefit of a cool breeze. Another thing you can do is to keep you home in lighter colors outside and for outdoor furniture. Bright colors attract bugs, so pale colors are better. I know you may love that bright colored umbrella cover with beautiful flowers, but so will the insects.
Use Mother Nature - Add bat houses if you have some trees around. They will love to come and eat your bugs. Also, plant bug repellent plants. They dislike citrus and mint smells, so putting some of these plants in your garden or in pots by your door will not only look nice, but help keep the bugs away. Here are some pest-repelling plants and the bugs that hate them:
Keep Your Yard Tidy - Also, there are some key maintenance things you can do to help keep insects away such as, don't have standing water anywhere (breeding ground for mosquitos). Also, don't have too much mulch and keep it about 12 inches away from the foundation. It's a great breeding ground for not only insects, but, for mice to tunnel through. However, too little mulch or dry ground, can also cause a problem because yellow jackets make their nests by tunneling into bare dirt. Keeping your grass properly mowed and bushes and trees properly trimmed will also help with the insect situation. Ticks love high grass and any limbs or bushes close to the house are another great insect highway right into your house!
Not only will all of these things help diminish those pesky bugs, they will also give your home great curb appeal and who doesn't want to have that?!