As we navigate our way through this summer, many of us are likely spending more of this season at our homes than usual. While relaxing outdoors can be a great way to spend your time, you might find that you are running into bug issues. Unfortunately, nice weather usually means an increase in pesky bug activities. Here are 5 simple ways to make sure you can enjoy your space outside and make your home a bug-free zone.
Get rid of any standing water.
Make sure you clean out gutters and downspouts regularly. While you may be aware that stagnant water attracts bugs, you may not realize those gutters can trap water and become a mosquito breeding ground. You should keep kiddie pools and watering cans empty when not in use.
Add plants that bugs hate.
Mint and citrus plants are your best bet to battling bugs you may not want around. Here are some pest-repelling plants and the bugs that hate them: Some of the best additions to your garden to keep bugs out are: basil, catnip, citronella, lemon thyme, lavender, marigold, rosemary.
Keep a tidy yard.
Bugs, especially ticks, love to hide in tall grass. Make sure you are mowing your lawn regularly and making sure plants aren’t crowding your home or giving bugs easy access inside.
Don’t mulch too much (or too close)!
Mulch generates heat as it decomposes, so it gives cockroaches and ants an ideal environment to nest and end up inside your home. Try to keep mulch areas a foot or so from your home’s foundation or consider inorganic mulch options.
Install patio fans.
An easy way to get rid of mosquitos is to add a patio fan to your outdoor space. Their bites are a pain, but they don’t put up much of a defense when they are pushed away by outdoor fans.
As we all learn to accommodate a new normal, those who are moving during this time face new challenges. While cleaning was always an expected part of moving preparation, the kind required today is a bit different. It may seem overwhelming, but moving during a pandemic (if legal in your area) is possible and can be made as safe as possible for you and your family. If you are getting ready to move, here are some tips to stress a little less and be prepared!
Get New Boxes
Normally, it is easy to find someone in your neighborhood who recently moved who has spare boxes laying around. For now, it is recommended that you purchase new boxes as cardboard can be difficult to sanitize.
Wear Personal Protection
Make sure you don’t pack your masks, gloves, and sanitizer. Your focus might not be on protection from germs and viruses in the chaos of a move, so it is important to have your protection ready for when you are loading and unloading your moving vehicle.
Disinfect + Sanitize
Before you move your items into your new home, take the time to do a sanitizing sweep through the home. Wipe down all door knobs, counter tops, and frequently touched areas like appliance handles.
Wash Your Hands
This one might be obvious, but the best way to protect yourself is to make sure you are frequently washing your hands during a move. You can try your best to avoid touching surfaces others have touched, but your best bet is to just make sure you are keeping your own hands clean and off of your face.
Donate Your Food
Now more than ever, food banks are in dire need of donations. If you are going to be traveling a long distance or just don’t want to worry about food storage in your new home quite yet, your local food bank would likely be quite thankful for your donation.