Sitting out on your balcony or patio on a warm summer's night is wonderful…until the bugs bite!
If you're finding it hard to sit out on your balcony or patio without being bothered by bugs, Rockliffe Residences can help with a few natural solutions!
Many things can attract insects: mosquitoes breed in standing water, over watering can attract gnats, and food scraps can draw in flies, bees, and other insects. However, many bugs are also attracted to our scent, making it necessary to seek alternative measures.
Instead of resorting to chemical bug sprays, try adding plants to your balcony. The essential oils in these plants act like a natural insect repellent:
- Mint: Grow this herb in a pot on your balcony to repel mosquitoes, spiders, and bees. Mint or Peppermint is easy to grow and can be used in salads, teas, and more.
- Basil: Not only is fresh basil delicious in sauces and salads, it also repels flies and mosquitoes. Placing potted basil near your patio door will also help keep flies from entering your apartment.
- Lavender: This plant's sweet fragrance is a welcoming treat for us, but moths, mosquitoes, and flies will avoid it.
- Lemongrass: Citronella oil comes from this herb making it the perfect natural mosquito repellent.
- Marigolds: This plant produces beautiful bright flowers and will also repel mosquitoes and aphids.
- Geraniums: The bright flowers on this plant secrete citronella which will naturally deter mosquitoes, Japanese beetles, and leafhoppers. They bloom in the spring and usually last until the first frost.
- These simple tricks can also help repel insects:
- Outdoor fans: Mosquitoes and gnats are weak fliers, so you can keep them away by having an outdoor fan oscillating on your balcony.
- Lemons and cloves: Cut a lemon in half and insert about 10 cloves into the fruit, then set it out on a table. The bees don't like the scent and will stay away.
- Paper Bag: Stuff a paper bag with plastic bags and hang it on your balcony. Wasps and bees will think it's a hornet's nest and stay away.
With these tips, you can reclaim your space and create a bug free balcony!