How To Keep Bugs Away From Your Patio?

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As the weather gets warmer, the warm sunshine outside makes you move from indoors to outdoors. When the weekend rolls around, staying outside on the deck all day is one of the best things you can do. However, sometimes the flies, mosquitoes, and other bugs are so bad that they make you come inside. So, we’ve listed some ways to keep bugs away from your outdoor deck so you can enjoy the outdoors better.

We all know that bugs can ruin your time on your favorite deck or garden. However, we can still fight back. Read this article to keep those bugs away from your outdoor life.

Keep Your Deck Clean

A clean yard is usually free of pests. A bug-free yard allows you to enjoy the great outdoors for as long as possible. You can spend time with your family in the sun, chatting or enjoying a delicious meal on the fire pit grill.

Sweep or blow off dust and other things from your porch or deck before you sit down to relax. Also, when you snack or eat outdoors, clean up any crumbs and spilled liquids immediately to avoid attracting flies and ants.

When the weather warms up, you should wash your outdoor deck with soapy water at least once a year to get rid of mold and other things that pests might like.

You can even power wash your deck if the surface can handle it. If you are using a wood deck, you may need to seal the deck in some way to keep bugs and weather out.

Also, clean your backyard furniture on a regular basis (at least once a year) to remove dust, food crumbs, grease, and other things that bugs like.

Outdoor Dining Area

Install a Fan

Flying bugs like flies, mosquitoes and bees don’t like strong winds. While you can’t change when it’s windy in your area. But you can install ceiling fans around a covered porch, deck, pergola, or gazebo. This way you can control the wind in your outdoor living space as a way to blow away pesky flying insects.

If your outdoor area is uncovered, you may want to get a large floor fan or two or a standing fan instead. If the fan allows it, you can have the ceiling fan blades rotate counterclockwise. This will push air downward instead of pulling it upward. With the breeze, it will be harder for bugs to fly.

Floor fans and upright fans usually can’t do this, but they can push the air right out of the box. So you don’t have to worry about which way the fan blades will move.

Mounting a fan on the ceiling, floor, or on a stand is a great way to keep bugs out of your outdoor space with the flick of a switch.


Burn Citronella

Bug-proofing your outdoor deck with citronella is another simple tip. It’s a great way to keep flying pests like mosquitoes at bay when you’re outdoors.

Using candles on your deck, patio, or other outdoor areas is an easy way to use citronella. You can buy citronella candles in a variety of sizes at your local hardware store or grocery store.

We like the kind of candles that come in jars with lids so we can leave them out all day and come back to them later.

Place a few citronella candles, large or small, around the perimeter of your outdoor space and then a few more near the main seating area for maximum coverage.

Buy some garden lights, fill them with citronella oil, and place them on the edge of your patio or deck to keep flying insects at bay. Placing citronella candles in sitting areas and near torches is a great way to repel small bugs and make an outdoor evening feel just right.


If you do light candles, be sure to follow these steps to use them safely:

  1. Keep the candle at least six feet away from the house
  2. For maximum coverage, the distance between flames should be six to eight feet
  3. Don’t place the fire under umbrellas, trees, overhangs, or anything else that could catch fire
  4. For a more stable fire, keep candles at least six to eight inches into the ground
  5. If you want to place the torch on hard ground, buy a torch holder
  6. Citronella can be burned with a candle, a torch, or both. Either way, it will keep the bugs off your deck.

Add a Deck Fire Pit Table

To keep bugs off your deck, you can also add a fire pit table to your sitting area. You won’t be burning citronella on a fire pit table, but the heat, air movement, and bright light of an open fire tend to keep bugs away.

In fact, we can also build a cooking area into the fire pit table. This way you can enjoy cooking over an open fire while keeping the bugs away.

Of course, a fire pit table is also a great place to set up all your outdoor furniture. A campfire will make you want to sit back, relax, warm up, and enjoy your time outdoors.

With lights, citronella candles, and a fire pit table, you can keep family game nights or neighborhood gatherings going long after the sun goes down.

Cozy Fire Pit Area

Replace Outdoor Lighting

Blue, violet, and ultraviolet light are the cooler, shorter colors that bugs can see and are attracted to. But they can’t see the longer, warmer bands of color that are the source of red, yellow, and orange.

So how can you use this information to keep bugs off your deck and patio?

Most regular light bulbs emit more blue light. Therefore, bugs can see the blue light and move toward it. Installing regular light bulbs on your patio or deck will actually bring bugs to your party.

Bugs will stay away from bulbs that emit warmer, longer wavelength light. Therefore, the best choices are sodium vapor lights and yellow bulbs. Also, use lower-intensity bulbs that emit less light so the brightness won’t attract bugs.


Utilize the Power of Outdoor Plants

Some plants have natural defenses that can keep bugs away. Plant a few different types of plants outside and around your home to utilize their power.

You may need to mix one, two, or three plants to achieve the results you want. This is because different plants repel different pests. If you want to repel a specific pest, you can also look up the plants that the pest hates the most.

For example, flies will stay away from basil, ants back away from daisies, and moths away from lavender. Similarly, bugs will avoid rosemary and geraniums.

Place insect-repellent plants around your outdoor seating area and plant several different plants in pots between your backyard furniture for the best results.

You can also use herbs such as lemongrass, rosemary, chives, garlic, and thyme in the kitchen or when cooking over a fire. When you need to use them, simply remove a few leaves from the stems.


Spray Your Yard with Insecticide

Homemade bug spray is another simple and effective way to keep bugs off your deck. To keep bugs at bay, here are two different insecticides you can make yourself at home.

Essential Oil Spray

In the previous article, you learned that the right plants can keep bugs away from your yard. Essential oils can help you replicate the natural defenses of these plants.

  • Add one cup of witch hazel essential oil to a spray bottle
  • Add one cup of water to the spray bottle
  • Add one tablespoon of alcohol
  • Add 24 drops of essential oil

It’s best to use lavender, rosemary, calendula, geranium, and basil essential oils. Spray the mixture outside the room and on the concrete, wood, or brick floor around the furniture. Keep away from yourself and your belongings when spraying the mixture.


Oral Care Spray

When you don’t have enough alcohol, witch hazel, or essential oils, to keep the bugs away, you can use an alcohol mouthwash instead.

Like mixing essential oils, fill a spray bottle with some mouthwash and use it to clean flat areas around and between outdoor furniture. Do not spray the mixture directly on yourself or your furniture.

Bugs will stay away from this mouthwash spray, which also leaves a nice odor in the air. But it evaporates quickly, so you have to keep spraying to keep bugs away.

Invest in Patio Furniture Covers

Outdoor furniture can be damaged by rain, snow, wind, and sun. Also, bugs can damage your furniture and deck. Protect your outdoor chairs, sofas, and other furniture from everything Mother Nature throws at them by covering them with all-weather covers.

Quality furniture covers are waterproof and won’t get moldy. They won’t fade and are recyclable. They also feature easy-on, easy-off zippers that make covering or uncovering furniture quick and easy every time. These extra layers of rain protection are one of the best ways to maintain the look and texture of your outdoor furniture.

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Use Insect Blankets

If you want an easy and comfortable way to protect yourself from bugs, bug blankets are a great option. Some bug blankets offer long-lasting bug-repelling technology that’s safe for the whole family to use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Cool summer nights are when bugs are most active, and these bug-proof blankets are a great choice. They’re also easy to clean and care for, so you can enjoy bug-free nights for years to come. Don’t dry clean them, just wash them by hand or in the washing machine with mild soap.

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