Memorial Day recently past, baseball
is rounding second base and summertime is in full swing. You can
find our local beaches packed with swimmers, tanners and paddle boarders.
Our waters are bursting with wave runners and docks filled with spectators for
the evening sunsets! All of this is great, but once that sun descends on
our beautiful landscape we are left with quite an itch!
Since our recent visit from Andrea
and Debbie’s heavy rains last year, we were left with tons of pesky little
insects that like to feed off our flesh! This especially is noticeable
during the descent of the sun and in the early evening hours. We are not
talking just about no-see-ums or your typical mosquitoes.
We are actually talking about, straight out of a Sci-Fi movie, quarter sized mosquitoes poking, prodding and
even penetrating through your clothing. It seems like there is no defense
against these abnormal-isms, except for iron clad!
It’s time to get out the swatters,
zappers, candles, torches and DEET sprays – but how well does all of this
really work and how many chemicals are we spraying, burning or even inhaling?
Yes, it is very preventative with
harmful fumes; not to mention, which can be costly. Citronella fluid refills,
electricity, candle replacements and the annoyance of that electrical current
zapping a “juicy one” can prove to be too much!
There has to be a better way to
repel these pests away without the extra energy, effort or expenses that along
go with it.
No worries, I have great news! There
are natural ways to help deter these little monsters away from our picnics,
patios and gathering areas for a more enjoyable time outdoors this summer!
First and foremost, remove any
standing water as this is a breeding ground for the nasty blood suckers.
Seems very elementary to most but you must be vigilant if you want to enjoy the
great outdoors this summer, without welting up. Empty your water trays
under your plants and refresh your bird baths weekly. Mosquitoes love
stagnant water. Even checking your garden hoses for any leaks or drips
proves to be preventative. Make sure any holes collecting water are
OK! Now the water issue is
resolved. Think about your garden?
How functional are your
I’m sure they look great, but do
they have versatile functions. This can be a big relief, built right into
your current landscapes while maintaining its integrity and beauty!
Check out some of the great plants
that naturally help to repel the flying pest and their individual versatile
Herbs – Never a better time to get that herb garden
going!!! You will find that these herbs smell great and better yet, can
double in your kitchen for cooking as well interior insect control! Enjoy
fresh dried herbs; such as, lavender by placing dried leaves in satchels
throughout the house to repel spiders and other insects. What a great low
maintenance home project that will pay for itself, and keep your family safe
from the use of any harmful chemicals!
Flowers – Time to get that edging done and flowers planted!
Line the walkways with pots of marigolds and various segments of lemon grass to
deflect any approaching enemy! Use taller plants like hibiscus in front
of windows, and hanging plants like pitcher plant in trellis’s or pergolas.
The use of plants is a great way to
save time and money. This will also help save you time, to have a
more safe and enjoyable outdoor environment this summer, pest free.
Please stay tuned throughout the week, and we can discuss implementing these
Herbs and Flowers around your home with quick, easy tips for small spaces!
I plan to introduce some key ideas for maximizing your enjoyment of
Stay bug free!