How to Get Rid of Flying Bugs on My Lawn

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How to Get Rid of Flying Bugs on My Lawn
Combine yard care with natural ingredients to control flying insects. (George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Bypass pruners
  • Rosemary sprig
  • Marigolds
  • Shovel
  • Rag
  • Scissors
  • Pine-scented disinfectant

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove containers holding standing water which will attract mosquitos. Pour out the water and remove the container, planter or other object.

  2. 2

    Cut grass regularly to control weeds that produce flowers like dandelions. Reduce or eliminate flowering weeds to control a variety of bees.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Add a sprig of rosemary to the coals of a grill when cooking outdoors to deter flying insects such as flies and mosquitoes.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

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