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Ants at your picnic. Mosquitoes crashing your barbecue. Tics lurking in your bushes. Summer is supposed to be the time of year when you spend hours enjoying the warmth and extended daylight from the comfort of your yard, but when biting insects join the party, the fun comes to a crashing halt.
How can you enjoy the season and keep biting insects away from your backyard, patio, and lawn this summer?
This is a simple habit you should adopt immediately. Many insects, including biting insects, are attracted to food. When you eat outdoors, cover up your food to make your dinner less appetizing to the biting freeloaders. And remember to clean up any spills.
When it comes to discarding your food, try not to throw meat into your outside garbage until you’re close to trash pickup day. Rotting meat in the heat of summer will attract maggots to your property.
The mosquito is the most dangerous animal in the world. It’s hard to believe something so small could be so deadly, but it’s important to take the tiny insect seriously. To avoid the threat of Zika virus, West Nile virus, and more, do what you can to make your property unattractive to mosquitoes.
Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, they’ll make themselves right at home in your yard if you have any standing water on your property. Some less-obvious places where they might set up the house: in your rain spouts, in an abandoned toy on your property, and in leaks near your air conditioning unit.
Tics spend their time in tall grass and shrubs, so do your best to keep your lawn and bushes maintained. Mow your lawn and weed regularly, trim bushes that are near the house, and rake up debris. And teach your children to play away from any bushy areas on your property.
Have a swing set or play structure? How about patio furniture? Spiders love to use the chains and corners of these items to spin their webs and keep their egg sacks. Get in the habit of regularly inspecting your yard toys and patio furniture to keep spider infestations at bay.
Make it harder for mosquitoes, spiders, and other biting bugs to take a bite out of your skin by wearing protective clothing (as much as you can handle in the heat). Wear shoes and socks, a hat, pants, and long-sleeved shirts when possible.
Don’t risk it. Always wear an insect repellent when spending time outdoors. The above measures will help to keep biting insects and arachnids at bay, but a repellent will provide a strong layer of protection the other techniques simply can’t give you. A strong repellent keeps insects from getting near you so you don’t have to worry while you enjoy your own yard. And when you choose a repellent that has a refreshing scent, you won’t have to worry about repelling people as well.