Imagine the scene: you head outside after a long day at work and kick up your feet with a cold drink as you watch the crackles come from your grand fireplace
or fire pit
. It's perfect, there's no TV nor computers to worry about. Just you and the fire... and the bugs.Although a fire and smoke is said to keep the bugs away, as soon as you walk too far away from the smoke, you'll be the target of a host of outdoor party crashing bugs.
Keep Bugs Away at Night
If you're also an outdoor enthusiast and enjoy relaxing in your outdoor patio, you know that we're not the only ones who enjoy a relaxing backyard living area. So do bugs. And before you know it, they've run you out of the backyard and into the house. If you're looking for ways to beat the bugs and stay in your outdoor patio, here are a few suggestions.
Look into a ThermaCell Lantern
ThermaCELL offers several products that repel mosquitoes and other bugs up to a 15x15-foot area.
Deep Woods Bug Spray
Go ahead and get the "deep woods" bug spray. Sure, your outdoor patio might not exactly be "deep woods," but you'll get the best coverage that will make the bugs run from you. You can also get a large hat with a wide brim and spray it on the brim if you don't like the spray on your skin.
If you don't like the smell of bug spray or the idea of using it in general, try a plant-based lotion. These lotions are also designed to repel the pesky outdoor bugs.
Tiki Torches and Candles
Look into decorating your outdoor patio
with some fun tiki torches or citronella candles. The torches will give off less odor; but both give off scents and flames to repel the bugs. Also, placing your outdoor lighting
in strategic locations can help draw pests away from high-traffic areas.
Check your Diet
Some swear that eating lots of garlic will keep the bugs away; they say the smells in your skin will repel mosquitoes. So if you're hosting a party, place some raw garlic bulbs on those pub tables
and let your guests snack away... just kidding. Or if you take us up on that, make sure to offer gum, too.