The best part of summer is being able to enjoy your outdoor spaces with friends and family. The worst part of summer is sharing your outdoor spaces with annoying mosquitos. No insect can drive people indoors better than a handful of mosquitos. It’s not just their itchy bites you want to avoid but the multitude of diseases they are known to carry such as West Nile, Zika, and now recent scares of EEE are starting to make headlines. To keep your family safe from these pests follow these steps to keep the mosquito population in your yard down.
Protect Your Home
Your home may be the only refuge you have from mosquitos, but if you aren’t up on your home maintenance you might be unknowingly inviting them inside. You have to remember that it doesn’t take much of a gap for a mosquito to squeeze through. Make sure your screens are in good shape and caulk any cracks or gaps around doors and windows.
Switch To Bug Lights
Like a lot of bugs, mosquitoes are attracted to lights. Give them one less reason to head your way by replacing your outdoor lighting with bug lights. Bug lights are bulbs that give off a different color light that is not appealing to nighttime insects. This isn’t just good for you but also good for the environment as it doesn’t disrupt the life cycles of moths and other insects.
Use Natural Mosquito Repellants
As all-natural products become more and more popular people are also turning to natural mosquito repellants.
One of the most well-known mosquito repellents is citronella which is found in mosquito candles, tiki torches, and commercial mosquito repellants. It should be mixed with other oils like coconut oil to dilute as high concentrations can irritate the skin. The concoction should ward off mosquitos for up to two hours.
Other Natural Mosquito Repellants
Other effective repellents include:
- Thyme oil
- Peppermint oil
- Neem oil
- Clove oil
Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Areas
If you are serious about mosquito control and bringing down or eliminating the mosquito population in your yard then you can’t do better than eliminating standing water. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed and they only require a tiny amount of water. Most mosquito breeding areas appear right after it rains. To prevent a new generation of mosquitos from annoying you and your family go around your yard and empty of anything that is holding water. This could be anything from:
- Flower pots
- Old tires
- Bird baths
- Clogged gutters
Encourage Mosquito-Eating Predators
Another natural mosquito control method is to enlist the help of mother nature. If you combine this step with the steps above then you can maximize your mosquito protection efforts.
Natural mosquito predators include:
- Purple Martins
You can encourage these predators to set up shop in your yard by providing them with adequate housing.
Call A Professional Pest Control Service
Of course, the quickest and best protection from mosquitoes is by hiring the professional mosquito control experts at Buzz Off. With our mosquito fogging service we can ensure effective mosquito eradication with monthly visits or one-time services for graduation parties, weddings, and other outdoor events you don’t want mosquitos to crash.