Nothing can spoil your outdoor party as bugs can. From giving itchy bites to contaminating food and putting everyone at risk of transmitted diseases, bugs such as mosquitoes can be a serious threat to any outdoor event. Are you tired of these unwanted guests at your outdoor barbecue party? Try these seven bug-repellent ideas that can help you get rid of the bugs as you spend time with your friends and family outdoors.
Bug Repellent Sprays
One of the best ways to get rid of bugs in your yard is by trying bug-repellent sprays such as OFF. These bug-repellent sprays can help you get rid of a variety of bugs, including mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and chiggers. With easy application, you can use bug-repellent sprays to keep your premises bug-free for at least five hours.
While peppermint is known for its effectiveness as a mouth freshener, peppermint oil can be a great bug repellent. All you have to do is rub peppermint oil on your arms, feet, or any other part of your body that is not covered with clothing and might be under attack by the bugs.
Various experiments have shown the effectiveness of peppermint oil against bugs. People, who used this oil, enjoyed 150-minute skin protection against bugs. However, essential oils such as peppermint might be too concentrated to be applied on the skin directly and can cause allergic reactions. Therefore, it is best to test peppermint oil on a certain section of your skin before applying it to the entire body.
Try Sunscreen Repellents
You can find a variety of insect-repellent sunscreens. They protect not only against the damage from the harmful UV rays of the sun but also guard against bugs, including mosquitoes. When choosing a sunscreen insect repellent, make sure you go for a broad-spectrum, mineral sunscreen made up of organic ingredients.
Place Fans at Ground Level
Bugs that are typically attracted to humans do so due to body odor. The smell of the gases we inhale and exhale during respiration attracts the bugs. One of the best ways to distribute this smell is to place fans at ground level. So whenever you plan to set up a party on your patio, make sure you place fans near the ground and leave them switched on throughout the party.
Want to give a more romantic (and bug-free) ambiance to your guests? Try citronella candles. Citronella is a kind of natural bug repellent that comes from different types of grass, herbs, and spices. The fragrance released as the citronella candle burns are effective against bugs. However, it is not as effective as using a bug-repellent spray. With citronella candles burning at your outdoor gathering, you may end up getting only 50% fewer bug bites. This means there is a 50% chance that you will get a bug bite anyway.
Grow Plants That Repel Bugs
Some plants have bug-repellent properties. Strong-smelling herbs such as rosemary, marigold, lavender, and chives can help repel bugs. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough evidence to claim which types of plants repel which types of bugs.
Seek Professional Bug Repellent Service
In case all of the above-mentioned ideas fail to repel bugs off your premises, you will need to seek professional bug-repellent services. Professionals are trained to identify the hidden spots in your premises that may be the breeding ground of several tips of bugs. In case your yard needs a thorough cleaning, professional service providers can do so for you. They will also make sure that there is no stagnant water anywhere on your premises, and if you do have a pool, the water in your pool is treated.
Bugs can spoil your gathering and put you at risk of developing transmittable diseases. So why not get rid of these unwanted guests? Try these seven bug-repellent ideas and enjoy a bug-free evening in your yard with your loved ones.