As fall arrives and temperatures moderate, many of us are spending more time outdoors. Unfortunately, many creepy-crawlies are enjoying the nice weather, too. 

Fortunately, there are ways that you can pest-proof your outdoor space. We recommend using the following professional advice from Insectek’s team of experts for a hassle-free outdoor area.

Keep Outdoor Spaces Clean and Tidy

An effective way to eliminate pests is by keeping your outdoor space clean and clutter-free. Trash and debris can be both a food source and hiding place for pests. Make your outdoor space less appealing to uninvited guests, by tidying up. Check out the following tips: 

  • Sweep away any crumbs from dining areas
  • Rinse away spills, using a water hose if available
  • Clean your gutters
  • Pick up any debris 
  • Keep trash tightly sealed

Eliminate Standing Water

Standing water is a pest favorite. Cockroaches, rodents, and ants, are all attracted to it. And because they lay their eggs on still water, mosquitoes love it, too. That said, we suggest dumping out sources of standing water, such as:

  • Clogged drains
  • Old tires
  • Buckets and trash cans 
  • Children’s toys


Invest in Pest-Repelling Plants

Did you know there are plants that naturally repel pests? Examples of pest-repelling plants include:

  • Petunias: deter beetles and aphids
  • Lavender: deters mosquitoes and gnats
  • Citronella grass: deters mosquitoes and other flying insects
  • Mint: deters mosquitoes, spiders, and ants
  • Chrysanthemums: deter ants, roaches, ticks, Japanese beetles, and silverfish

Not only are these plants effective pest-repellants, but they’re also great for dressing up your space. 

Use Citronella Candles and Torches

Citronella, an essential oil obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbopogon (lemongrass), is a key ingredient in many mosquito repellents. Citronella is natural and harmless to humans but repels mosquitoes by masking scents that they’re attracted to. That’s a big reason why many people add Citronella to products like candles and torches used in or near outdoor living spaces.

Contact a Professional

Need a little assistance when pest-proofing your outdoor space? Insectek can help! Our team of pest control professionals have years of experience working with all manner of pests, indoors and out. Hands down, they’ll know just what to do to pest-proof your outdoor space. Contact us today!

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