During the summer, there’s nothing more fun than enjoying your backyard pool with family and friends. But there are two things you must deal with in order to ensure you have a good time — protecting your skin from the sun (always wear SPF!) and keeping annoying insects at bay, especially when swimming in the evening. To help ensure you always have pest-free pool time, the experts at MosquitoNix have put together this helpful list of suggestions on how to keep bugs away from the pool area.
Set Bug Traps
Putting outdoor bug traps in your backyard is a simple and easy way to keep mosquitoes, flies, and other flying critters at bay during pool time. These helpful gadgets attract insects with a scent and then kill them when they land on the trap, either by poisoning them, shocking them, or keeping them confined in the trap.
Care For Your Landscape
When you don’t take care of the outdoor area surrounding your pool, you’re much more likely to attract flies, mosquitoes, and other pesky pests to your backyard. Untrimmed trees, overgrown shrubbery, weeds, and piles of dirt or leaves are all places where insects live and breed. To make sure your yard is a pest-free as possible, keep the landscape as neat and trimmed. Make sure the area tidy, mow the lawn and remove weeds regularly, tend to your garden, and have your trees and bushes trimmed when needed.
Use a Bug Misting System
One of the best ways to keep bugs away from the pool is to have a misting system installed in your yard. These pest control devices spray a continuous stream of bug repellant according to either a set timer or an automatic sensor. MosquitoNix’s bug misting system features a state-of-the-art design that’s practically invisible, so you don’t have to worry about it being an ugly eyesore. It also sprays a potent insect-killing solution that’s derived from clean, organic sources. In addition to being eco-friendly, botanical-based, and biodegradable, it’s a highly effective method for safe pest control around your outdoor swimming pool.
Get Rid of Standing Water Sources
Areas of standing water near your pool, such as puddles or untended ponds, are breeding grounds for bugs — especially mosquitoes. One of the best ways to minimize the number of bugs you have in your pool areas is to eliminate these sources of water. Always up clean thoroughly after a storm, and if you do have water features in your yard, make sure you monitor them regularly to ensure pesky pests don’t use them as nesting areas.
Screen In the Pool Area
Another option is to have your outdoor pool enclosed with mesh screens. This is one of the most effective ways to keep bugs at bay when you’re swimming, as it safeguards the area with a physical barrier. Some homeowners find screens to be unsightly and use this method as a last resort. But if you really want to experience pest-free fun in the pool, this is one of the best ways to do it.
Take Advantage of Natural Pest Repellents
There are a number of plants and flowers that have natural bug repelling properties. As a result, planting a garden near your swimming pool can help drive insects away. Some bug-repellant plants to consider adding to your garden include mint, garlic, basil, rosemary, lavender, and citronella grass.
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