Summer Is Here and So Are the Bugs
Here are a few ways to reduce the pests
Welcome to June!
It’s summer in Florida! Here are some ways to reduce mosquitos this season. Hot weather in Florida, and along with it, afternoon showers are common. This helps cool downs in the later day, but also creates standing water and creates a haven for nesting mosquitos. There are some natural ways to help repel them though and to protect you from bites. Here are a few ideas to try.
There are a number of plants that repel these itchy biting pests. What better way to try to deal with them than placing some plants on your property and beautify your yard at the same time! Growing citronella, horsemint, marigolds, ageratum and catnip keeps bugs away as they all have stronger scents. These alone won’t do the whole trick, but you add optional methods.
Citronella candles seem to make an impact. Not all candles are pretty, so shop around a bit for those you like or you can easily make your own. (https://www.entertainingdiva.com/diy-citronella-candles/) Tiki candles also work. Just remember to only use these methods when you are present. Extinguish them fully when returning inside.
Bird baths are beautiful in the garden, but they are also breeding grounds for bugs that bite. Empty and replace water in these frequently. Also, check on feeders, toys and plant saucers to remove standing water. For ponds and puddles that do not drain naturally, you can use non-toxic mosquito dunk tablets. These kill the larvae, but are safe for all other wildlife, pets, fish and humans. Most local hardware and supply stores carry these products.
Do you have any tricks or tips that can help have a happier season to deal with the pesky biters? Please share them with us here. 🙂
Thank you and Happy Summer!
Your Caring Realtor ®,