Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 30, 2012
Insects have been uninvited guests at outdoor events for a long time. Unfortunately, insects are an essential part of the ecosystem and are going to exist no matter what measures are taken. However, there are ways to reduce the amount of insects surrounding outdoor get-togethers, and the below list can help do just that! The following are some ways to ward off insects around the home or outdoor area:
- Eating Certain Foods - There are certain foods that when eaten, will seep through pores and create an invisible barrier to turn away mosquitoes and other bugs. Garlic, chives, zinc, and vitamin B are all ingredients that can keep insects away.
- Bug Spray – Using traditional bug spray is one of the most popular ways to ward off bugs. A bug spray containing the ingredient DEET is considered to be the most effective.
- Natural Herbs - There are several types of herbs you can grow outdoors near your patio or porch that repel insects. Most bugs, specifically mosquitoes, are turned away by garlic, basil, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, and rosemary.
- Handheld Bug Zapper - Handheld bug zappers are better suited for daytime when the insects you are trying to kill are highly visible, and do not contain any form of light. Shaped like a badminton racket, this hand-held device is used in essentially the same manner as a racket. Swipe it near the insects in order to zap and kill them.
- LED Bug Repellent Light Bulbs – Although these bulbs will not kill insects, they will keep them away from you and your guests, as well as the home. According to greentechmedia, most nocturnal insects are attracted to more of the blue end of the light spectrum, meaning they are attracted to ultraviolet light as well as white lights. They are also drawn to the heat radiated from light bulbs. The LED Bug Repellent Light Bulb, offered by Go Green LED Bulbs, emits no heat along with a yellow color that most night insects cannot see, therefore, are not attracted to. This type of light will also draw spiders away because they tend to choose the location of their homes depending on the amount of insects in the area.
- Citronella Candles and Torches - Candles and torches that burn off of citronella oils are effective in keeping mosquitoes and other bugs away. Keep in mind, however, that these tend to only be effective within about a four foot radius.
- Fans - According to curbly.com, mosquitoes and other insects are deterred by wind currents, so surround your outdoor get-together with fans to keep them away.
- Black Light Bug Zapper - Nighttime insects are usually attracted to UV lights. Most bug zappers contain a black/UV light that draws in insects. Once the bug is close enough to the device, it will become electrocuted. It is recommended that these be placed far away from guests since they are used to attract flying insects rather than repel them.
- Outdoor Spotlights and Floodlights - According to GE Lighting, positioning your outdoor light source away from your guests and home will also help keep the bugs away. For example, spotlights or floodlights that are placed higher up and project light further away are ideal. LED light bulbs should be used because they do not emit the UV light that most insects are attracted to. They also do not emit nearly as much heat as incandescent bulbs, also aiding in the prevention of a massive amount of bugs around your home. Go Green LED Bulbs provides an assortment of LED flood lights and spotlights.
- Indoor Mosquito Trap - This device is specifically for mosquitoes and is typically used indoors, but can be placed outdoors if there is no moisture present. Once the mosquito becomes attracted to the device, it will become trapped inside and will dehydrate.
Go Green LED Bulbs is a leading distributor of energy efficient products including LED light bulbs, exit signs, flashlights, and more. Located in Round Lake Beach, IL, Go Green LED Bulbs works hard to inform the consumer so they can make the best decision on what LED lighting products are right for their residential or commercial space.