We have a 6'x24' covered porch with our main entry door in the back corner
of the porch. Unfortunately, moths, mosquitos, and other flying insects
like to hang out under the porch and come flying into the house every time
we open the door.
Is there anything we can do to reduce the insect concentrations around the
porch area? (We do not want screens).
Dark curtains on the windows which face the porch, or turn off all the light
in the house. And, no porch light. If you need light for the steps, pick up
a small solar light just to accent the steps for safety.
Otherwise, reconsider screens.
:) We have a 6'x24' covered porch with our main entry door in the back corner
:) of the porch. Unfortunately, moths, mosquitos, and other flying insects
:) like to hang out under the porch and come flying into the house every time
:) we open the door.
:) Is there anything we can do to reduce the insect concentrations around the
:) porch area? (We do not want screens).
As mentioned lighting may be the long term answer. Moving light away
from the home or reducing the amount of time it is on...If you use a
spray go with the pyrethroid group, they will have some repellency to
them. Depending on what you use may give from a few days of relief to a
number of weeks.
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Most insects are virtually blind to visible light, or at least
aren't attracted by it. Special "insect bulbs" and filters do exist
- - they block all the ultraviolet light that attracts the bugs (they
also filter out some of the visible blue light, that's why they
shine with a yellow cast).
Just any old yellow lamp or filter won't necessarily do. Make sure
it's a "bug light". They don't repel insects, rather, they just
don't attract them.
UV attracts insects in nature by reflecting and fluorescing off of
flowers, and insects must think that artificial UV sources are
flowers and try to pollenate them. :-)
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