How to Prevent Insects in Your Backyard Patio

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Planting particular flowers near your vegetable garden will prevent insects from eating your veggies
Planting particular flowers near your vegetable garden will prevent insects from eating your veggies

Summer in Toronto is relatively short – if we’re lucky the warmer weather lasts four months from June to September. That’s why many people want to make the most of summer by spending as much time as possible in their backyards, gardening, reading and/or grilling up a juicy steak on the barbecue. But we all know that we’re not the only ones who enjoy relaxing on the patio – our insect friends love hanging out there too! If you’re like me, you do not want to use pesticides in your garden. [If you are considering using pesticides, find out about allowable pesticides in Ontario.] Continue reading to learn about natural remedies to prevent insects in your backyard and garden.

Planting basil near tomatoes protects tomatoes from hookworm infestations
Planting basil near tomatoes protects tomatoes from hookworm infestations



Plant Herbs to Prevent Insects Eating Vegetables

Planting the following herbs will prevent bugs from nibbling on your prized vegetable plants. Plant these herbs close to your vegetables:

  • Mint – Repels flies, fleas and spiders
  • Lemongrass – Contains citronella which repels mosquitos
  • Garlic – helps deter spider mites, fungus gnats, moths
  • Basil – Place near your tomato plants as basil helps protect tomatoes from tomato hookworm infestations. Basil will also repel some mosquitoes.
Planting particular flowers near your vegetable garden will prevent insects from eating your veggies
Planting particular flowers near your vegetable garden will prevent insects from eating your veggies

Include Plants Animals Don’t Like

Many animals do not like peonies, marigolds, azalea, chrysanthemums, daffodils or boxwood so you’ll want to add these plants to your garden. Plant these along the perimeter of your vegetable garden or close to your vegetable garden to ward off animals.

You can make your own sprays to prevent insects from eating your vegetable garden
You can make your own sprays to prevent insects from eating your vegetable garden

Cinnamon to the Rescue

Cinnamon is a wonder spice because it can be used to prevent insects in your backyard and even some animals. Try the following tips:

  1. As you probably know, fruit flies are attracted to ripe fruit. Put cinnamon sticks in your fruit and salad bowls and place on your outdoor dining table to prevent fruit flies from buzzing around your food.
  2. This cinnamon spray will repel ants and is also effective in reducing fungal infestations: Take 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and mix it in four cups of warm water. Cover with cloth and steep for three hours. Strain cinnamon water and pour into a spray bottle. Shake and spray on potting soil and plants.
  3. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on the bottom of your garbage bins and on the lid to prevent racoons from messing with your garbage. Raccoons do not like the spice’s strong odor. You should do this every few days, especially if it rains.



Prevent Animals from Eating Your Vegetable Garden

To make your own spray to keep animals out of your vegetable garden, you will need the following items:

  • Spray bottle filled almost to the top with water
  • 1 Tablespoon dish soap
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce or crushed red pepper
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves

Combine all of the above items in your spray bottle and spray on the ground near plants in the evening before animals appear. Do not spray directly on plant’s leaves.

I hope you enjoyed reading about these tips to prevent insects in your backyard and patio. You may be interested in reading, “Best Flowers, Shrubs and Vegetables for Your East-Facing Garden“.