Summer brings out more pests than the rest of the year — especially outside. Remove them from your yard, patio and garden naturally with the help of this guide.
- Keep stacks of firewood or other items that give bugs a hiding space far away from the house.
- Collect small tools or outdoor toys together in sealed tubs or containers.
- Repair any water leaks quickly, and fill in areas where water puddles after rain.
- Keep gutters free from debris and make sure they drain quickly.
- Switch outdoor lighting to lower wattage bulbs, or yellow light bulbs.
Use our natural spray to keep all types of pests from destroying plants in your garden.
- Combine 1 clove minced garlic, a medium-sized onion, cut into quarters, and 1 quart of water. Let sit for 1 hour.
- Add 5 millilitres (1 teaspoon) of cayenne pepper and 15 millilitres (1 tablespoon) of liquid dish soap. Mix thoroughly.
- Spray mixture on and around outdoor plants. Refrigerate leftover spray for up to a week.
Check out this list of plants and natural oils that repel bees, flies, moths and mosquitos.
Flies, bees and wasps: Locate the areas they’re generally found, and sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus oil around.
Moths: Plant the herb Artemisia (also known as southernwood) to rid your yard of moths while bringing in the scents of dill and mint.
Mosquitos: Deter mosquitos from crashing the party by planting marigolds, ageratum, catnip and lemon thyme.
Ants: This natural pesticide made from citrus oil and cayenne pepper deters ants from gathering:
- Mix 10 drops of citrus essential oil, 5 millilitres (1 teaspoon) of cayenne pepper and 250 millilitres (1 cup) warm water.
- Add ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well.
- Spray any areas where ants are found.
Tip : Spray vinegar over large solid surfaces (like walls) for an inexpensive, natural ant deterrent.
Slugs: Leave lemon, orange and grapefruit rinds out overnight near slug prone plants, and then collect and trash them — covered with slugs — first thing the next morning. Old lettuce leaves work well, too.