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9 Ways to Repel Bugs Naturally

Professional pest control services can be costly, and not all of them use the most eco-friendly materials and processes to keep bugs and insects away. Nature put the bugs there, and nature provides many natural, homemade, and DIY options repel pests naturally.

From common-sense cleaning practices to foods and spices in your kitchen that deter insects from biting you, the following are some natural suggestions for controlling ants, mosquitos, roaches, and other pests that might be ruining your backyard.

1. Clean House Acts as Bug Repellant 

Most household pests come into your house for one main reason: to forage for your food and water. Regular, thorough cleaning is a useful tool for keeping bugs out of your home. Make sure food is securely stored, and garbage is disposed of adequately sealed.

Your pets may feel like part of the family, but their dander and eating habits but your home at risk for bug problems. Pet food bowls and litter boxes are major attractions from ants, roaches, and a wide variety of insects and bugs. Extra care should be given to those areas to make sure they are cleaned regularly.

2. DIY Fly Strips

Homemade fly strips can be made easily and naturally in no time at all by simply dipping paper into boiled sugar or honey water. When hung, these sticky strips will attract flies in much the same way store-bought fly strips do, but without the chemicals or unpleasant scent.

3. Motorized, Retractable Screen and Shades

Keep bugs off our porch at the press of a button. With a modern motorized retractable screen or shade, you don’t have to worry about the cost, hassle, or environmental consequences of bug sprays, bombs, or any other form of pest control. Quickly and easily turn your outside porch into a protective enclosure with a motorized screen or shade.

You don’t even have to get up from the comfort of your porch chair to utilize this technological form of pest control! Plus, in addition to keeping insects away, these motorized shades can also block the hot Texas sun from heating up your yard.

4. Dress for Mosquito Repellant Success

Long sleeves, pants, and head coverings will prevent mosquitos from getting at your skin and feasting on your blood.

What you wear includes anything scented! Mosquitoes are attracted to flower and fruit-scented toiletries. Avoid using any kind of scented lotions or detergents.

5. Replace Exterior Bulbs with LED Lights 

Recent research studies seem to show that LED light bulbs are the least attractive to mosquitos and other bugs. As LED bulbs are eco-friendly and save money, it is certainly worth a try to keep the bugs away.

6. Citronella Candles 

For whatever reason, many insects do not enjoy the smell of citronella nearly as much as humans do. Homemade citronella candles can be used indoors and outdoors to naturally repel bugs, especially mosquitos, and help to prevent significant infestation problems. Citronella grass is also available as natural essential oils and plant extracts.

7. Food, Glorious Food

Many of the world’s most effective bug repellants can be found in your kitchen. A wide range of food products and spices have specific uses to keep away certain bugs and insects. Among the substances that are said to have natural bug repellant properties include:

  • Basil
  • Bay leaves
  • Cayenne
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus
  • Coconut oil
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cornmeal
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Vinegar

8. Mint Mouthwash

Mint flavored mouthwash helps to prevent mosquitos from biting. Pour some into a bottle and spray over your body. You’ll smell delightful and keep bugs away.

9. Dryer Sheets

It has been said that an ingredient in standard scented dryer sheets called linalool acts as a natural bug repellant. Carrying around a dryer sheet in your pocket may help to keep bugs off of you.

Repelling bugs is a necessity for anyone who spends a good deal of time outdoors. From homemade bug repellents to motorized shades, you can repel bugs without harsh chemicals or other pesticides.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Space

Keep your patio and porch bug-free all year, and enjoy your yard to its fullest extent. For more help creating the perfect outdoor living area, get in touch with one of our experts today!