Flying insects are a common problem for many homeowners. Many are discouraged from spending time outdoors due to pests -- from flies and mosquitoes that potentially carry disease to bees, wasps and hornets. A variety of commercially-produced insecticides are available to rid a lawn of insects. However, many insects are controllable with homemade repellents and basic yard care.
Remove containers holding standing water which will attract mosquitos. Pour out the water and remove the container, planter or other object.
Cut grass regularly to control weeds that produce flowers like dandelions. Reduce or eliminate flowering weeds to control a variety of bees.
Prune flowers from trees and shrubs to deter bees. Selectively remove flowers with bypass pruners to reduce the number of bees around play and sitting areas.
Add a sprig of rosemary to the coals of a grill when cooking outdoors to deter flying insects such as flies and mosquitoes.
Plant marigolds along the edge of your yard and along high-traffic areas. Plant the flowers with a shovel in prepared soil. Use marigolds to control a variety of insects and other yard pests such as moles.
Tear a rag into strips. Dip the strips of cloth into pine-scented disinfectant. Hang the cloth-soaked strips throughout the yard to ward off flies.