It’s that time of year. The weather is balmy and warm. During the day you might want to stay inside in the air conditioning, but the weather is perfect for grilling out and sitting outside on the patio or in the yard with friends, family, and neighbors.
Of course, with the warm weather, along come the mosquitoes. It seems like you have a choice of suffering from swollen, itchy bites and worrying about West Nile and other viruses that mosquitoes can carry or spraying on smelly chemicals. Bug spray may keep the mosquitoes at bay for a while, but the smell and greasy residue aren’t that enticing for humans, either.
Fortunately, there are better ways to handle mosquitoes than bug spray. Follow these great tips for controlling the mosquito population in your yard , and you’ll have an itch-free summer.
Get Rid of Standing Water
First of all, mosquitoes breed in water. They thrive in moist areas with standing water, so you’ll want to take a hard look at your yard and get rid of mosquito breeding grounds. You may think there aren’t any, since you don’t have a pond or a creek in your yard, but you could be wrong.
Do you have any planters, buckets, bowls, or basins standing open in your yard? When it rains, these collect water and become very attractive to mosquitoes. Get rid of them, and you’ll be on your way to a mosquito-free yard.
Plant Natural Mosquito Repellants
If you have moist areas in your yard that you can’t easily drain, consider planting some decorative shrubs that also act as mosquito repellants. Did you know that mosquitoes hate rosemary, citronella, and marigolds? All of these plants are beautiful to look at, and they act as natural mosquito repellants. Plant them in damp areas in your yard and/or near your picnic table or patio area.
Get the Air Moving
If you have a covered patio, consider installing a ceiling fan. This will not only keep you and your guests cool, but it will physically repel mosquitoes. These annoying insects have a serious aversion to wind and breezes. They’re attracted to areas with stagnant air, so adding your own breeze will go a long way to keeping them away while you eat, drink, and socialize with your friends and family.
Set the Mood and Keep the Pests Away
If you’re still having problems with mosquitoes, or you just want to make sure that no one gets a single bite while you’re having a lovely dinner and drinks outside, invest in citronella candles and/or Tiki torches. You can place the torches strategically around the yard for ambience and effectiveness, and you can light citronella candles on the table for even more repellant.
If you use a combination of the above tips, you really shouldn’t have anything to worry about, but some mosquitoes seem to be more tenacious than others. If you can’t seem to get rid of them with any or all of these methods, talk to a lawn and garden expert about safe chemicals you can apply to your yard to kill and repel mosquitoes.
For example, bacillus thuringiensis israelensis isn’t just a bunch of alphabet soup. It’s actually bacteria that’s totally harmless to humans and other animals but attacks and kills mosquito larvae. It’s highly recommended if you have standing or running water in your yard that you’d actually like to keep, like a pond, pool, or birdbath.
There you go! Armed with these tips, you should be able to enjoy your backyard all year long without any interference from any blood-sucking insects. Say goodbye to your mosquito population and hello to enjoyable time with your friends and family in your backyard!
Fischer Environmental can help rid your yard of mosquitoes. For a free assessment and control estimate, call us today, (800) 391-2565.
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