Mosquito-borne illnesses are on the rise, making it more important than ever to be diligent about controlling them during the hot, humid (and often wet) summer months. But what can you do to control the mosquito population around your home if you don’t want to rely on chemicals to treat the area? Here are 4 tips for getting rid of mosquitoes this summer the natural way.
Drain All Standing Water
It’s no secret that mosquitoes love standing water, but did you know how little it takes for mosquitoes to infiltrate your yard? These tenacious insects can lay eggs in just a thimble full of water, making virtually any standing water a threat. So, while it is important to drain large water sources like buckets, planters, furniture, boats, campers and overturned tires, don’t forget to watch out for even the smallest things that water can collect too like kids’ toys, watering cans, pet bowls and trays underneath plants. The key to controlling mosquitoes this summer is simply eliminating all standing water from your property. That way they will have nowhere to breed.
Use Natural Repellents
Not interested in using dangerous chemicals to control the mosquito population in your yard? Then try these all-natural solutions:
- Install an Outdoor Fan: mosquitoes aren’t very strong fliers and can be easily whisked away by using a fan. An easy and effective way to keep mosquitoes from ruining your time outdoors, simply installing a fan around your sitting area is one of the fastest, easiest and safest way to enjoy the outdoors without being bitten.
- Light some citronella candles/torches: while it does have some drawbacks (like the smell, smoke and its limited range), lighting a few citronella candles or torches while outdoors can help stave off a mosquito attack.
- Install yellow light: did you know that mosquitoes are only attracted to white light? Well, it’s true! Installing yellow light is an effective way to keep them away.
- Invite some bats to the party: installing just one bat house on your property can decrease your mosquito population by thousands.
Use the Power of Mosquito Repellent Plants
Nature does offer some good repellents right in your own backyard. Plants and herbs like marigolds, lavender, lemon balm and basil are all know to repel mosquitoes. The problem is that they dually are not found in high enough concentrations where you need them to do much good. That doesn’t mean they can’t work. Simply grow these anti-mosquito plants nearby, cut a few, bundle and throw them into your campfire when headed outdoors. The smoke will become a natural repellent.
Keep Your Garden Trimmed
Mosquitoes love the shade and the more plants and tall grasses you have in your yard, the more inviting it becomes. To keep mosquitoes away, be sure to trim bushes and plants regularly, and cut your grass at least once a week. The more sun in your yard, the fewer mosquitoes you will have.
Getting Help for Your Mosquito Problem
Tired of swatting at mosquitoes every time you step out your door? Make summer outings fun again but teaming up with the expert crew at Perfection Pest Control to get rid of those nasty insects once and for all. Call today for a free consultation and let Perfection Pest take care of all of your pest control needs.
Summertime can put your property at risk of having some serious pest problems. Certain pests are common this time of year, such as ants, rodents, mosquitoes, cockroaches and wasps. Find out what steps you should take to protect your home from summer pests.
Block Entry Points
Pests can easily get into your home through cracks and other entry points, such as holes in screens or gaps around doors and windows. Check around your home for any possible entry points that bugs and other pests could use to get inside. If you find any, seal them up to keep these pests out of your home this summer.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Having crumbs on your floor or counter can attract mice, flies, ants and other pests. Making sure that your kitchen is clean at all times helps lower the risk of having any of these pests around. Sweep your floor and wipe down counters regularly to ensure that your kitchen stays as clean as possible this summer.
Eliminate Standing Water
Standing water provides mosquitoes with the right environment for laying their eggs. This results in a large mosquito population in your yard that puts you at risk of being bitten. Get rid of any standing water you have in your yard, such as in pet water dishes or bird baths. Avoid overwatering your garden as well, since this can also serve as a place for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
Take Care of Your Yard
Some pests, such as ticks, thrive in yards that have long grass or a lot of unkempt vegetation. Mice, rats and other pests have an easier time hiding in this type of yard as well. Mow your lawn on a regular basis, pull up weeds and do other lawn maintenance tasks to keep your yard in good condition. You should also trim bushes, trees and shrubs, so that they’re not close to your home’s exterior.
Don’t Leave Produce Out Long
Having produce sitting out on your counter for a long time can attract fruit flies and other pests. Make sure you eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of letting them get too ripe on your counter.
Store Firewood Properly
Having firewood piles stacked up against your home can invite termites and other pests inside. Store firewood away from your home and other structures, such as sheds. Keeping these piles raised slightly above the ground can also help lower the risk of having problems with termites and other pests.
Call a Pest Control Service
You don’t always have to wait for a problem to come up. Instead, call a pest control service to have your home treated to reduce the risk of having insects or other pests around. Pest control professionals can also inspect your home to find any problems you might not have noticed.
If you’re having problems with summer pests, contact Perfection Pest Control for help.