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Helpful Tips for Keeping Your Patio Pest-Free

Whether it's buzzing bees or biting mosquitos, having pests on your patio or porch can make it nearly impossible to enjoy your outdoor space. But these bugs don't have to keep you inside any longer. This helpful guide includes all kinds of convenient and simple strategies for keeping pests out of your outdoor space. Use these tips to deter pests from your patio so you can finally sit outside in peace


Citronella

For mosquitos, citronella is perhaps the most tried-and-true method for keeping these pests away. You can burn citronella candles on your patio or purchase bug repellant sprays that include citronella as an ingredient. Increase the effects even more by also planting some citronella plants.

Citronella
Consider putting your citronella plants in stylish Serenity Health & Home Décor planters that you can position nearby when you're enjoying your outdoor space. Other plants that may help to deter mosquitos include rosemary, lemongrass, garlic, mint and marigolds.

Fans
Fans

Flying pests can be much less pesky if a strong breeze is blowing them away. Consider using one or more fans around your outdoor space to keep the mosquitos, bees, flies and other bugs out of the area. You can place battery-powered fans on railings or tabletops or set up larger oscillating fans or box fans if you have access to an electrical outlet. If you have an overhang above your seating area, consider installing an outdoor ceiling fan as well.

Screens
Screens

A screened-in porch or gazebo can be one of the best ways to make sure bugs stay out of your outdoor space. However, don't assume that screening in the sides is sure to be enough to keep insects out. If there is any space between the floorboards, pests could still get into your patio by coming up from the ground. To prevent this, have rigid screens installed directly below the floorboards.

Cleaning

Cleaning

Bugs will naturally be attracted to crumbs and spilled liquids, so be sure to keep your patio tidy. Sweep away crumbs and wipe off patio dining tables after every meal or snack you enjoy outdoors. Avoid leaving paper wrappers, dirty plates or empty cups and cans outside after you eat; even if you plan to stay outside, make a quick trip indoors to bring in the dishes and trash. This will allow you to continue enjoying the lovely outdoor atmosphere without attracting bugs.
Consider the placement of your outdoor trash bins as well. Positioning them farther away from the patio or porch could help to keep the bugs at bay.

Nest Removal

Nest Removal

If you have a bad infestation of bees or wasps, there may be a nest on your property. Removing one of these nests yourself can be dangerous, so it’s recommended that you call a pest control professional to do the job. There are concerns about reductions in the bee population, so if possible, ask that your pest control team capture and relocate the bees rather than destroying them.


With these tips, you should be able to keep most pests away from your patio. Use multiple strategies at once to get the best results.