How to prepare for summer pests at home and in the garden
Sandalwood sticks are a natural, chemical free, mosquito repellent. The have a nice smell and create a relaxing ambience as well.
The ThermaCELL mosquito repeller is a butane fuelled repellent that creates a kind of force field against insects within a 25 metre area. It's portable so you can take it camping, down to the beach or to a BBQ.
Citronella candles or citronella oil burners are a great way to repell insects. Citronella is a naturally occurring insect and animal repellent that works by masking scents that are attractive to insects.
Electronic bug zappers help make sure your outdoor entertaining remains pest-free. They attract and kill flying insects. They're ideal for balconies and courtyards. Plus, they're weatherproof and many have a self-cleaning vertical grid and insect catcher tray.
Outdoor insect barrier sprays are a professional product that you can use yourself. Follow the safety tips on the package and before you start, put on rubber gloves. If you're going to be spraying up high, wear safety glasses and a face mask. Spray the insecticide around the outside of your home and on your windows and doorways. It helps stop ants, cockroaches, spiders, fleas, paper-nest wasps, flies and mosquitoes from entering your home.
To keep flies and other insects out of your home but still let some air in, magnetic flyscreens are ideal. They can easily be attached to any metal doorframe and the magnets on the flyscreen make sure that the screen closes after you've walked through it.