Without a doubt, BC is one of the premier locations in the world for outdoor activities. It’s a four-season paradise for whatever strikes your sporting and leisure fancy. But few things can put a damper on an outdoor activity quite as fast as an infestation of insect pests!

Let’s take a look at 10 DIY tricks to keep pesky critters at bay so you and your friends and family can fully enjoy those outdoor activities:

1.Do like the Merchants! To chase away common house flies in urban food markets, merchants fill clear plastic bags full of water and hang them around their stands. They’ve found that the play of light and shadows scares the flies away. If the idea of plastic bags hanging around your backyard doesn’t do much for your sense of aesthetics, a more designer-friendly way of achieving this is to repurpose burned out light bulbs—the clear kind—and fill them with water. Perfect for small flying insects in your backyard or at the cottage. Check out our helpful pest ID to learn how to spot more pests around your home!

2. Pedestal Fans. That’s right! Most flying insects (mothswasps, etc.) can’t stand wind, so setting up oscillating fans around your deck will help keep the critters away.

3. Keep Your Lawn Short and Drain Standing Water. Beetles, antscockroaches and other bugs love tall grass and moisture, so cut your lawn a few hours before your next BBQ and remove all nearby standing water.

4. Aromatic Plants. Lavender, catnip, citronella and feverfew are some examples of plants that will grow in BC and serve as wonderfully aromatic insect pest repellents.

5. Bug Zappers and Mosquito Netting. Designer-worthy interpretations of these old-school items make it much easier to incorporate them into your backyard décor. Mosquito netting is especially useful while camping or picnicking. Bug zappers are known to kill bees and ladybugs, so try to limit their use for after dark.

6. Essential Oils. Natural oils of lavender, neem, lemon and citronella are all known to be effective insect repellents. Just mix them with almond or olive oil and apply to skin, or burn them in Tiki torches or candles.

7. Garlic and Rosemary. Bugs hate ‘em! If your guests don’t mind the Mediterranean culinary theme, use garlic liberally in your sauces and condiments, or spray a mixture of garlic powder and water on your lawn and plants for the desired effect… or just throw a sprig of rosemary on your BBQ coals to give your steaks a unique flavor and chase off the bugs.

8. Bats. Bats are one of the great insect-gobblers on the planet. They’re an acquired taste, but if you don’t mind them around, there are tricks you can use to attract them. In contrast, if you have an uninvited bat flying around your property, call Pest Detective today for bat removal in the Vancouver area.

9. Portable Ultrasonic Mosquito Repellent. These are especially handy when you’re out in the woods. These pocket-sized gizmos run on butane for up to 12 hours or more between battery charges.

10. Baby Powder or Cornstarch. Place on the ground in a ring around your campsite or picnic table and both of these house hold items will keep ants away.

Of course, insect pests can be far more insidious than the run-of-the-mill garden variety. Some, like wasps, hornets and disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes can be positively dangerous. And then there are property destroyers like carpenter ants, termites and bed bugs.

Regardless of your pest removal needs in BC, Pest Detective is there. We have been serving the Lower Mainland and beyond for nearly 30 years. If you need extermination or pest control in Vancouver, call Pest Detective!

Our expert Vancouver pest control crew will help you deal with all your pest control needs in Vancouver and beyond. Or maybe you need Victoria pest control? Pest Detective is there as well.

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