WICHITA, Kan. Bugs are unavoidable during the warmer months, but there are things you can do to keep them from interfering with your outdoor activities.
When it comes to bloodsucking mosquitoes, Tim Wallace with Germadic Pest Control suggest using a bug spray with lemon or eucalyptus odor. It may not have a strong smell to you, but mosquitoes do not like it," Wallace says.
To keep mosquitoes at bay, you can start by getting rid of any standing water in your yard. That standing water provides a perfect environment for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.
Also, be sure to keep the grass in your yard trimmed. Mosquitoes will sometimes shelter in tall grass during the heat of the day, then come out when it gets a little cooler at dawn or dusk. Short grass is also a good way to prevent tics.
If you, your child or a pet gets a tick, you should use tweezers to pull it off. Do not crush it. The Center for Disease Control says to get rid of the tic by putting putting it in alcohol, sticking it in a sealed bag or flushing it down the toilet. You need to also remember to wash off your the area of a tic or mosquito bite with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
When it comes to gardening, fully grown grasshoppers are tough to control because they can travel much farther than smaller bugs. Tree Top Nursery says row covering is one way to keep the grasshoppers away from your garden. As the name indicates, row covers are any transparent or semi-transparent, flexible material you can use to protect your plants.
You can prevent aphids by using a store-bought spray. In about a month, bagworms can become a problem. A spray can also help prevent them.
With grubworms that can damage your lawn -- especially noticeable later in the summer -- you can buy a prevention insecticide to use about June when the insects are young, or you can use a store-bought grub killer to help get rid of them if you don't notice the grubworms until later in the summer.