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Solutions To Your Summer Pest Problems

Lynn Coulter
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Image: wild_turkey5330/Flickr

Image: wild_turkey5330/Flickr

Slap, slap, slap.
It’s no use. You can whack with a rolled-up newspaper or both hands, but the biting bugs will drive you buggy at this time of year. Insect pest populations explode when the weather is warm and humid, and last year’s relatively mild winter seems to have brought out the mosquitoes, ants, mites, and midges earlier than usual.
Instead of draping yourself and your kids in insect netting (which makes it tough to have a cookout or dip in the pool), try one of these remedies for controlling the creepy crawlers:


  • Use citronella oil. The U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) says that citronella oil, which is made from dried grasses, safely repels mosquitoes, black flies, fleas, and ticks when used as directed. Burn a Cutter CitroGuard 20 oz. Citronella Candle around your porch or campsite to banish outdoor bugs.
  • Keep it dry. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so toss empty cans, and drain water from gutters and unused wading pools. Refresh the water in birdbaths often.
  • Put a lid on it. Bees, yellow jackets, and wasps love sugary stuff, so keep picnic dishes and drinks covered. Use lids on trashcans to discourage pests.
  • Mow. Bugs breed in tall grasses and weeds, so rev up that lawn mower. Use Cutter Backyard 32 oz. Concentrate Bug Control, which connects to your garden hose for easy spray application, to protect your yard for up to 4 weeks.  Cutter has a complete line of mosquito protection products, including foggers, for outdoor living spaces.
  • Don’t smell like a flower. Perfumes and scented soaps, shampoos, and lotions can attract insects. Use unscented products instead. Fast-acting Cutter Skinsations 6 oz. Insect Repellent Pump Spray has a clean scent, and contains Aloe Vera and vitamin E to moisture your skin as it repels chiggers, ticks, biting flies, gnats, and more.
  • Sign up for The Home Depot Garden Club, and get up to $300 each year in exclusive savings on the pest products you’ll need for summer.

Now that you’re not slapping at the bugs, you’ve got a free hand, so grab a nice, cold drink and find a shady spot to relax. Ahhh. Isn’t that better?

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