Bugs can be a nuisance around the porch, but that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to living in an indoor, bug-free bubble. Porch lights are especially attractive to bugs because they’re bright and warm, so it’s no surprise when all manner of critters come flocking like moths to a flame. Luckily, there are plenty of tips and tricks for keeping bugs away from porch lights without completely overhauling your home décor. Whether you decide to use a homemade spray or go with one of our other clever anti-bug solutions, we hope these tips help make the outdoors more enjoyable again!
Choose a different type of lightbulb.
If you are trying to choose between two lightbulbs and don’t know which one is better for keeping bugs away, you can try a couple of things that can make a difference. First, look at the wattage of each bulb. The higher the wattage, the brighter your porch light will be. This means that it’s going to attract more bugs than one with less wattage would.
Secondly, look at the color of each bulb; incandescent bulbs (the kind with a filament) tend to attract fewer insects than fluorescent bulbs do because they produce less heat and give off less ultraviolet radiation—which tends to keep insects away from them.
Thirdly, consider whether or not you want your porch lights to provide any sort of ambiance; if so then try using LED lights since they tend not only attract fewer bugs but also last longer because they’re made out of durable materials instead of fragile glass tubes!
Spray a natural insect repellent.
If your porch light is attracting unwanted bugs, you can spray a natural insect repellent. These sprays are available at the store and will help keep the bugs away for several hours. The product is safe for humans, pets and the environment, so you don’t have to worry about your family or pets being in danger while they’re outside by their porch lights. It’s not toxic or harmful, so it won’t cause any harm if they happen to come into contact with it after it has dried on their skin or fur.
Install a screen.
If you have a porch light, chances are that it attracts bugs. There are a few ways to keep them away from your porch light and help make sure that you can enjoy your nights on the porch.
You can install screens around the lights. This ensures that these pesky pests cannot get into your home and also allows for better airflow through the area so there is less chance of an electrical fire or other problems with the wiring in your house.
The screen should be made up of a mesh material, usually aluminum or steel, which will allow air flow while preventing any insects from entering into your home through this opening in your home’s wall or fence line. The screen should be at least 1/2 inch wide; 2 inches is even better! I’d recommend getting one with holes no larger than 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch so as not to let too much light escape through these openings when turning off each night’s illumination (or day) depending on what time of year it happens during). This way no one needs worry about whether or not something may fall onto someone below them outside where they live because all their neighbors will have something similar installed already too! And remember: always check before purchasing new ones periodically throughout life because sometimes these things break down over time due to wear & tear from heavy use–just like anything else does after being used continuously every single day without fail until they finally stop working altogether.”
Purchase a bug zapper.
A bug zapper is a device that uses light and electric current to kill insects.
Bug zappers emit ultraviolet (UV) light and attract bugs by emitting an electric field. They then electrocute these insects with high-voltage “zaps” of electricity, killing them instantly.
The UV light attracts the bugs, but also provides a warning signal for you to get out of the way when you see it operating at night. If any bugs fly into it before they are electrocuted, they will be stunned and fall on the ground near your porch or patio where they can be dealt with later (although you should keep an eye out for them so as not to step on any).
Light citronella candles.
Citronella candles are easy to find and can be purchased at any local grocery or hardware store. They are also easy to use. You simply light them, and the citronella scent will keep mosquitoes at bay. They’re also easy to clean up since they’re biodegradable, so you don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals being released into the air or left behind on your porch.
Because they’re biodegradable, citronella candles can be disposed of in a variety of ways: you can burn them down completely before throwing them away; you can dispose of the candle wax with regular garbage; or if there’s still fuel left in your candle (which is not uncommon), you should pour it out into an empty container that contains some water so that it doesn’t ignite when exposed to air once again. Finally, because citronella candles are not toxic nor harmful in any way—unlike chemical sprays—you don’t need special disposal methods for these products.
Now you have several simple, natural ways to help keep bugs away from your porch light. Are you ready to put these techniques into action? I hope so! Fortunately, you can use some of these tips right now—there’s no need to wait until the next time a bug flies too close for comfort. Whether you choose one of our tips or try them all at once, good luck in your new bug-free zone!