How to Get Rid of Flying Bugs on My Lawn

Updated November 21, 2016

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.

Things You'll Need

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

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.