Spending time outside with your family is a great way to make memories and enjoy time together. Whether you are hosting a family barbecue or inviting friends over to hang out, it can be frustrating when the mosquitoes drive you inside and end the fun. They can also limit how much time you send your children outside to play. It can be tiresome to worry about applying bug spray constantly and to worry about the diseases that mosquitoes can spread. Here are five steps you can take to start enjoying a mosquito free yard.
1. Keep Your Lawn and Yard Well-Maintained
Taking care of your yard can help stop mosquitoes from congregating there. Keeping your lawn trimmed short, and your shrubberies well-trimmed will allow the ground around them to dry out. This will make your yard less hospitable to mosquitoes. The mosquitoes need moisture to thrive, and allowing your yard to dry out can stop the mosquitoes from setting up home in your yard.
Planning your flowerbeds to include plants that work as a natural insect repellent can help to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard. Lavender, geraniums, and marigolds are all flowering plants that repel mosquitoes. Basil, catnip, garlic, and citronella plants are other options that can repel the mosquitoes. You can keep potted plants on your deck if it is raised.
2. Clear out Debris and Trash
Leaves around trees can protect the ground and allow water to collect. Since mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to breed, it is important that you do not have any areas that may collect water. Look around your yard for other trash that may be collecting water. Tires will collect water and you may not notice it. If you have noticed an increase of mosquitoes in the area, you should inspect all corners of your yard to find if there is any trash in the area that is collecting water.
3. Empty Any Standing Water on Your Property
Water can gather in a wheelbarrow that was left out, or in the sand pails that your children play with in the sandbox. Check any flowerpots in your yard to make sure that they are draining properly and not collecting standing water. If you have water features on your property, you need to address them. Your bird baths will need to be emptied and scrubbed out weekly. If you have a water feature like a waterfall, make sure that the pump system is in good repair and is working. This will stop the mosquitoes from breeding. If you have a pond on our property, you will need to treat it with larvicide.
4. Install Mosquito Deterrent Items
There are a number of different things that you do to act as a deterrent against mosquitoes:
- Mosquitoes have a difficult time moving through wind. If you put an oscillating fan on your back patio where you spend most of the time, it can keep the mosquitoes away while you are outside. It also has the added benefit of keeping the area a bit cooler on warm summer nights.
- Bug lights can also help. Bugs like mosquitoes are attracted to the infrared rays that the lights set off. If you install yellow bug lights or LED lights for your outside lights, you will attract fewer bugs to the area where you gather.
- Bug zappers are another thing you can install near an area where you gather. While they only have a limited area of effectiveness, but it can still work to eliminate the mosquitoes in the immediate area.
5. Treat Your Yard for Mosquitoes
Another option is to treat your entire yard for mosquitoes. A mosquito control professional can apply a barrier spray around your yard that eliminate any mosquitoes that are currently in your yard and stop news ones from entering. This spray is usually applied on the foliage around the edge of your property. There are both organic and conventional mosquito treatment options that are effective at removing mosquitoes. While you may want to buy a product at the store and apply it yourself, the professional have equipment that will reach the top of your trees and the treatment options they use are actually safer than products you can buy yourself when applied correctly.