Living in a cabin means being closer to nature, but some of your wild neighbors won’t be so welcome. Fortunately, there are ways to keep unwanted pests away.
Summer evenings spent at the cabin are meant for relaxing on the patio, not swatting away pesky insects. Pesky critters can turn your peaceful, fire-side retreat into a nuisance. Fortunately, there are effective ways to keep unwanted insects away from your patio and cabin as a whole.
Choose the Right Outdoor Lights
Conventional outdoor lights tend to attract insects. You can discourage their visits by replacing standard bulbs with yellow or sodium vapor lights. These lights emit wavelengths that insects cannot perceive, making your patio less attractive to them. Keep in mind that lights inside the cabin can also lure insects closer. If you’re spending time on the patio, consider turning the indoor lights off or shutting the blinds.
Grow Insect-Repelling Plants
Planting insect-repelling flora around your patio is a natural and aesthetically pleasing way to deter pests. Certain plants, such as marigold, citronella, and lemongrass, are popular because of their bug-repelling properties. Position these plants strategically around your patio to create an insect-resistant barrier. When possible, plant native options that will blend seamlessly with your cabin environment.
A clean patio is less likely to attract insects. Regularly sweep away food crumbs, toss empty beverage containers, and handle other potential bug attractions. Keeping your patio furniture clean and dry will also discourage insects from making themselves at home. Maintaining your cabin’s outdoor area is also one of the best ways to keep your pets safe from fleas. So, if you typically bring your furry friends to the cabin with you, making sweeping the patio and maintaining the area around it a priority.
Use Natural Insect Repellents
Instead of resorting to harmful chemicals, consider using natural insect repellents. Essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus can keep bugs away. Dilute a few drops in water, pour into a spray bottle, and mist it around your patio area. You can also use insecticide, one of the must-have products for log cabin care.Keeping your patio free from unwanted insects does not have to be a challenging task. By implementing these simple steps, you can enjoy your outdoor space without the constant annoyance of pesky intruders. So, light up those insect-repelling lights, let the aroma of your bug-deterrent plants fill the air, maintain cleanliness, and spray some natural repellents. Your summer evenings on the patio are about to become a lot more enjoyable and bug-free.