If I had to pick a favorite time of year, it's definitely now - late spring and early summer. The temperatures are usually comfortable (ok, today is a bad example of that), and the days are nice and long. The only downside - bugs. Lots of them. Many people have their own strategies for dealing with outdoor pests.

My neighborhood is right next to protected wetlands, which is lovely, but it's also a breeding ground for mosquitos.

In addition, I've been working on making my patio more useable for the nice weather, with a new patio set and more lighting. The only problem with more lighting though - it really attracts bugs.

Of course, there are plenty of chemicals, candles, and treatments that we can use to kill and deter pests, but there are also some natural and non-toxic deterrents.

So how do you deal with bugs this time of year? Share your tips and tricks in the comments section!