"We started having our yard sprayed for mosquitoes on a monthly basis last summer," Clark said, "We can sit out on the patio and our kids can play in the yard without getting bites. It's been a great investment."
Thankfully, backyards attract wanted critters, too.
Konya's husband is an avid bird watcher, but so are their indoor cats, who dream of one day hunting and eating their feathery visitors. In order to provide the perfect outdoor situation for the whole family, Konya created a "catio."
"I built them an outdoor area and tunnels that are connected along the fence to our living room window," she said. "We love watching them enjoy the outdoors."