The weather in Colorado is finally getting warmer and many outdoor enthusiasts are very excited about the prospect of biking, hiking, and general adventuring without the addition of snow underfoot!
However, the warmth here tends to come with compromises and one of those compromises is BUGS. Warm weather is also a great excuse to relax and refresh in a comfortable chair on the back porch … until the tiny, winged creatures follow you there, too.
Bugs shouldn’t stop you from having fun, so here’s a list of 5 things you can do to keep the bugs away in a variety of areas in your life!
1. Regularly Empty Bird Baths
Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water because it is great place to lay their eggs (yuck!). Bird baths, partially filled watering cans, and anything in which water doesn’t drain or dry up quickly is up for grabs. So, if you have a still water feature, be sure to change the water regularly (once a week, if possible) to avoid uninvited guests.
2. Screens in Windows
While screens weren’t always a default feature in windows, they are important now for keeping bugs like mosquitoes out. West Nile Virus is transmitted through these particular pests and can lead to very serious health complications, especially in households with small children, elderly people, or people with otherwise compromised immune systems. Don’t take the risk - install screens in windows (or doors) that you like to keep open so that you can enjoy some worry-free relaxation.
3. Plant Bug-Repellent Plants
Planting pest-repellant plants is a good, natural way to deter pesky bugs from invading your garden party (or good, old-fashioned hangout). They are better for respiratory health than citronella candles and will add to the subtle, earthy ambiance of your back porch. Lemongrass, rosemary and basil are just a few of the plants known to discourage mosquitoes, but you can find a more in-depth list here!
4. Bug Shield for Motorcycle or Bicycle
Unless it’s some kind of crazy fashion statement, very few cyclists or motorcyclists want to go flying down the highway wearing a beard of bugs. Luckily, there are a number of contraptions to help avoid this kind of situation. Some solutions include detachable, plastic windscreens for motorbikes and smaller, visor-like additions to bicycle helmets to create a barrier. Many of these contraptions can be found in stores or online and will hopefully make your riding experience much more pleasant!
5. Bug Shield for Your Car
Although they aren’t as likely to stick to your face because of the windshield, bugs stuck to your car and auto glass aren’t exactly fun, either. Bug shields for your vehicle are also widely available and can even help protect your paint and glass in the event of small debris and rocks bouncing up from the road. (Unfortunately, some may make it through, but you know who to call if they do!)
Don’t let the bugs get you down! With a little bit of planning, there’s no reason why itty-bitty pests should ruin your fun.
From all of us at Quick-Set, drive safely out there!