Cheap household item can help keep insects away from your patio and garden furniture

There is a simple method to keep insects away from your garden furniture
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Experts have revealed a simple and cheap way to keep insects away from your garden furniture using a common household product.

James Sheldon, furniture specialist and manager of Online Sofa Shop, has shared his foolproof hack of using white vinegar on your patio furniture to keep insects like flies, ants and even spiders away. He says: "White vinegar is a versatile household staple. It’s not only a powerful cleaning solution to use on multiple surfaces but can keep pests like ants and flies away from your garden furniture thanks to its natural insect-repelling properties.

"Using natural white vinegar is a safe and effective way to repel insects without using harmful chemicals. This simple mixture not only helps to repel tiny bugs but also tackles dirt and grime with ease."

How it works

Combine one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water in a spray bottle and shake well until the solution is thoroughly mixed. Spray a generous amount of the solution onto your patio furniture, particularly in nooks and crannies where bugs and dirt are more likely to accumulate.

Use a clean cloth or sponge to thoroughly wipe down dirt, grime or residue from the furniture. For metal or plastic furniture specifically, you can rinse the surface down with water after cleaning.

Only give your wooden furniture a quick rinse as large amounts of water can cause the furniture to warp and become uncomfortable or dangerous to sit on. "As British weather is very tumultuous, you should repeat this process at least once a week to maintain the appearance and lifespan of your furniture," says James.

Why does white vinegar repel pests?

Acetic acid: Vinegar contains acetic acid which has a strong odour and taste that insects like ants, spiders and flies find unpleasant and keeps them from settling in your garden.

Disrupts scent trails: Insects like ants rely on pheromone trails to navigate but the strong vinegar scent can disrupt these chemicals, making it difficult for them to find their way to your patio.

Cleans residues: Vinegar is rich in antibacterial properties making it great for cleaning food and drink stains and organic matter from patios and garden furniture, making your outdoor space less attractive to pests.

What can attract pests to your patio?

Food residue: Leftover food, crumbs and spills can attract flies and rodents while sweet and sticky substances like ice cream can lure in insects and wasps.

Standing water: "The UK is prone to rainy conditions and pools of water can attract mosquitoes and other water-bred insects. The water can collect in plant pots, birdbaths, puddles, furniture covers and seating," says James.

Shelter: Gaps in your patio as well as cracks and crevices in your garden furniture can attract pests both big and small looking for shelter.