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Keeping Bugs at Bay When Hosting an Outdoor Party

To entertain, relax and enjoy your patio and outdoor area you and your guests must feel comfortable. Unfortunately, being outdoors means that you can be exposed to some unwanted intruders, like flies and mosquitoes. To ensure that you and your guests are comfortable, here are a few precautions and methods that you can use to keep these pests away:

Use insect repellents

Available in many forms including sprays, roll on applications and creams, in natural and odourless varieties, insect repellents are extremely effective, however some hosts may feel uncomfortable asking guests to use them.

Install a bug zapper

These electronic devices can be plugged into the power point and hung up on the patio roof to lure and kill insects. Just be sure that the cord is securely fastened and won’t pose a tripping hazard.

Citronella candles

Another option is to use citronella candles or citronella oil in tiki torches scattered around the patio and outdoor area. Not only do they have a pleasant aroma that discourages insects but can provide extra light and an intimate mood after dark.

Insect repelling plants

Consider using plants as insect repellents such as rosemary and marigolds. These are eco-friendly, low maintenance and add a splash of colour to your outdoor area. Also avoid leaving standing water and cut your lawn to remove breeding areas for insects.

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