Ways to Make Your Yard & Home a Bug-Free Zone

Apr 3, 2021

Bugs can put a damper on your outdoor plans. Here's how to keep bugs away from your patio and yard, and from getting inside your house.

Install Patio Fans
Patio fans can keep your outdoor entertaining space free from mosquitoes and other flyers with the flip of a switch. Plus you'll get the benefit of a cool breeze.

Get Rid of Standing Water
Clean out gutters and downspouts regularly to prevent clogs that can trap water and give those nasty bugs a place to breed. Also make sure to keep kiddie pools, buckets, and watering cans empty when not in use.

Keep Your Yard Trimmed &Tidy
Ticks like to hide in tall grass. Brushes or tree limbs touching your home make it easy for pests to get indoors

Add Pest-Repelling plants
Mix plants pest-repelling plants into your landscaping, especially near the porch, patio, or deck for beauty and functionality.

Here are some plants the bugs hate:
Basil: flies, mosquitoes
Catnip: mosquitoes, ticks, flies, cockroaches
Chrysanthemums: roaches, ants, ticks, fleas, bedbugs
Lavender: moths, fleas, flies, mosquitoes
Citronella: mosquitoes
Geranium, lemon scented: mosquitoes
Lemon thyme: mosquitoes
Marigold: mosquitoes
Rosemary: mosquitoes

Paint Your Home Lighter Colors
Choose lighter shades of paint color for your home's siding, doors, trim, and other features such as fencing, patio, and decking to make it less attractive to mosquitoes.