How Do I Keep Bugs Out of My Outdoor Lights?

In order to keep bugs out of your outdoor lights, there are several steps you can take. First, make sure you are using the right kind of light bulbs.

LED and CFL bulbs produce far less heat than incandescent bulbs and are less attractive to bugs. Also, keep the wattage of your bulbs as low as possible—the higher the wattage, the brighter and hotter the bulb, making it more attractive to bugs.

Next, make sure your light fixtures are sealed properly. All seams and openings should be sealed with a silicone caulking or weatherproof sealant in order to prevent bugs from entering. This is especially important for fixtures near water sources like pools or ponds.

Finally, add some barriers around your lights. Installing screens or wire mesh covers over your lights will help prevent bugs from getting too close. You can also set up yellow bug lights that emit a wavelength of light that is not attractive to many species of insects.

By using LED or CFL bulbs with low wattage, ensuring all openings and seams in your light fixtures are properly sealed, and adding barriers such as screens or bug lights around your lights, you can effectively keep most bugs away from your outdoor lighting fixtures.

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Samantha Mckinney