It's not summertime yet, but here in Texas it sure feels like it already, with 90+ degree days.
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Needless to say, evenings are the best time to hang out in our backyard. Daddy likes to grill, the little peanut likes to kick the ball around and dig in the herb garden, and with my 35 week pregnant belly, I just like to SIT and stay cool.
The most annoying thing that can seriously ruin our evenings outdoors...........FLIES! I have no idea what started attracting them to our little patio, but a fly swatter just wasn't cutting it.
Black Flag, recently came out with a non-toxic (so important) way to attract and trap those pesky little critters that were ruining my evenings outdoors - The Black Flag Flying Insect Trap and Lure. The lures are sold separately, and are available for houseflies or a separate lure for wasps and yellow jackets.
As with any new product, I was excited to see if it really offered a solution for my problem. So, I went to task, mixing up the little packet of fly lure powder and filled the canister 1/2 way up with tap water. Simple, easy, mess-free. Now, that's what I like.
The Flying Insect Trap comes with a little stake that you can push into the ground, but since I have a little one toddling around, hanging it up on a fence post was the best option for me.
The actual insect trap wasn't an eyesore, which was great. With the "wood paneling" exterior, it blended into our yard and fence post quite nicely. Kinda just looks like a little bird feeder, not an obnoxious bright plastic looking trap!
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The real question was, "would it work?" Well, it didn't seem to make a difference that night, but that's okay because the instructions said it would take 2 days to fully activate. We happened to be enjoying the evening outdoors just a few days ago, grilling and playing in the yard and noticed "where are all the flies?"
I walked over to the Black Flag Flying Insect Trap, and there was my answer. The trap had lured dozens of flies and I was able to enjoy my patio in peace!
.........and most important of all......my little peanut could play in the yard all evening without getting bit by those nasty horseflies!
1. Keep gutters clear and direct water from downspouts away from your home.
Thank you, Black Flag for these TIPS for controlling insects while entertaining outdoors this season:
2. Cut back bushes and tree branches around your house.
3. Clean up all pet and animal feces promptly.
4. Dispose of kitchen scraps and other organic waste properly.
5. If you have fruit trees in your yard, pick up any fruit that falls on the ground.
6. Place lids on trash and recycling bins and move them away from the house.
7. For creepy crawlers, fill mayonnaise sized jars with used coffee grinds and water. The scent will lure bugs in, and the water will drown them so they can’t get out.
8. Cucumbers skins have an ingredient that repels bugs including ants, wasps, mites, moths, flies and other insects. Shred the cucumber skins and place them planters and around the perimeter of the patio.
9. In and around the patio plant types flowers and herbs that have natural insect repellent in their scent. Some examples: marigolds, rosemary, basil, thyme, Thai lemon grass, catnip.
10. Essential oils that have insect-repelling properties include eucalyptus, mint, peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass, clove, citronella and neem. In a spray bottle dilute these oils with rubbing alcohol or a carrier oil like jojoba oil, in a 1 to 10 part ratio.
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*Disclosure: This was not a paid post. The product used to facilitate this review were given to me free of cost by the company. However, all opinions are 100% my own and were not influenced by the complimentary product received. As I am under no obligation to post a positive review if I feel it is not warranted.