6 Secrets to Keeping Bugs Away OutdoorsChemical-free, All Natural Secrets to Keep Your Backyard Bug-free
Keep Bugs Away Outdoors.
Try these Secret Hacks to Keep Your Backyard Bug-free.
Keep Bugs Away Outdoors. These secret chemical-free hacks are guaranteed to keep your next backyard barbecue bug-free. Your guests will thank you.
Flies, mosquitoes, and no-see-ums are unwanted guests that used to show up frequently to our outdoor BBQs until I learned the secrets to keeping the yard bug-free!
Bugs in the backyard are a nuisance and can sometimes ruin an outdoor get together.
Sure you can cover your guests in DEET bug spray, but then you have to deal with the sticky skin and unappealing smell.
Not that appetizing for your backyard BBQ,
Try these 6 Secret Hacks for keeping bugs away outdoors.
One or more of these secrets should keep those pesky bugs away from your next yard barbeque.
Secret Hack # 1 to Keep Bugs Away Outdoors
Essential Oil Floating
Candle Center Piece
Fill a shallow bowl or a glass vase with several drops of citronella, lavender or lemongrass and float candles.
Add flowers, fresh herbs and other greenery to make a beautiful centerpiece.
Not only does it repel bugs but it’s beautiful and smells great.
Secret Hack # 2 to Keep Bugs Away Outdoors
Secret Hack # 3 to Keep Bugs Away Outdoors
Reflective Water Reservoir
Filling a clear plastic bag or clear jar with water and hanging them around the perimeter of your entertaining space is a great way to keep flies away.
The theory is that the lights and shadows that refract from the water confuse the flies so they stay away.
Another theory is that they see their reflection and that it scares them away.
For me, I don’t care why it works – just that it does!
Secret Hack # 4 to Keep Bugs Away Outdoors
Citronella Candles to Repel Bugs
Try grouping citronella candles around your entertaining area. It is a great way to keep mosquitos and no-see-ums away.
The oils from the candle help to repel the bugs from hanging around by hiding smells and scents, specifically carbon dioxide and lactic acid in humans. (who knew?)
Citronella candles are safe and non-toxic and are a great natural, chemical-free way of keeping bugs away.
Secret Hack # 1 to Keep Bugs Away Outdoors
Plant Bug Repellent Plants
A long-term strategy to keep your backyard bug free is to plant insect-repelling plants in your yard and around the entertaining area.
This way your garden can do double duty adding beautiful color and texture to your outdoor space and helping to keep it pest free.
Try these plants: lavender, marigold, mint, lemongrass, catnip, citronella, Lemon Eucalyptus.
Grow an herb garden featuring basil and thyme and petunias.
The natural, essential oils in these plants act as a repellent that is organic chemical-free, and eco-friendly.
Adding a few of these types of plants to the outdoor landscaping helps.
I like to plant lemongrass and lavender in pots so they can be moved around the yard and entertaining space.
Secret Hack # 6 to Keep Bugs Away Outdoors
Trim Yard and Get Rid of
Standing Water to Repel Bugs
Trimming overgrown shrubs and bushes will eliminate the hiding places for bugs.
By keeping a clean and tidy yard you can significantly cut down on the number of bugs that live in your backyard.
Trim any overgrowth and remove weeds from planting beds.
Also make sure there is no place for water to collect, like buckets, pots, even bird baths.
There should be no standing water in your yard since this is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos, that carry dangerous diseases.
Any water in your backyard needs to recirculate. So if you want a birdbath, add a small submersible pump to circulate the water.
How do you keep bugs out of your backyard?
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Here are 25 of the best hot dog recipes – ever. Hot dogs are a quintessential American backyard grilling fav and one of my all-time favorite go-to for an easy cookout for a crowd.
Taco Nacho Cheese Hot Dog combines all the things you love about nachos and tops a beef hot dog with melty cheese sauce and tortilla chips.
Sometimes there’s just nothing better than a classic chili hot dog. Make a batch of homemade slow cooker chili to top your chili dog.
Buffalo Sauced Hot Dog with Blue Cheese and shaved celery combines all the flavors of our favorite buffalo wings into an awesome hot dog.
This is such an amazing hot dog. Beer Steamed Hot Dog with Gruyere and beer soaked onions topped with a honey dijon mustard.
Upgrade your chili dog this season with this black bean chili dog. A hot dog topped with sour cream, cheese, and crushed tortillas.
Hot dogs may not be health food but adding some amazing fresh farmer’s market finds to your next hot dog roast will be a definite upgrade. Locally grown greens, stone ground mustard, fresh herbs, and heirloom tomatoes top a healthier chicken hot dog.
Looking for an upgrade for your hot dog? Try this Spicy Mexican Hot Dog Recipe. Hot dogs topped with guacamole, pico de gallo and jalapenos.
Try this Spicy Italian Calzone Pizza Hot Dog Recipe. A hot dog wrapped in pepperoni, pizza sauce, and pizza dough. Fun for kids and so good.
Easy Slow Cooker Chili Recipe is the perfect chili recipe for busy people. Super easy to make, just set-it and forget-it. Super tasty.
This Budget Friendly Chili Seasoning Spice Mix is the perfect chili spice blend to have on hand to quickly make tacos or chili. When you make your own spice blends, you can save a bunch of money buying frequently used spices in bulk and you’ll be able to control the level of spiciness and the spice balance to your preference. Bonus – no chemical additives, preservatives or flavors enhancers, so it better for you and the family.
This fast and easy Black Bean Chili is the perfect healthy comfort food and is so fast, easy and tasty you can serve this any night.
DIY + Create
I love serving homemade meals and entertaining, but I don’t love spending all my time in the kitchen… Sound familiar? I’ll share my shortcuts for getting delicious, healthy food on the table – easy, fast & stress-free. All of my recipes have been tested on family and friends. We love them and I hope you will too.
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