How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in Your Yard
The hot summer weather is perfect for spending time outside. Unfortunately, it also provides the perfect climate for mosquitoes to breed in swarms after a long winter of dormancy. If you’re sick of that familiar buzzing in your ear and tired of dealing with itchy bites every time you step outside, learn more about why mosquitoes are so dangerous and find out how to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard with these awesome tips from our pest control professionals.
Why Mosquito Bites Are Dangerous?
Mosquitoes have always been known to carry diseases that can be dangerous to humans--it’s no wonder that mosquitoes are considered to be the most dangerous animal on the planet! All around the world, millions of people die from mosquito-transmitted diseases like malaria. There are many other diseases that mosquitoes can carry right here at home. Just a few of these mosquito-borne illnesses include:
- Yellow Fever
- West Nile Virus
- Dengue Fever
- Zika Virus
- And many more
What is the Zika Virus?
Although not a newly discovered virus (it was discovered in 1947), the Zika virus is new to North America. In February of 2016, the Zika virus popped up in a large outbreak in Brazil and has spread quickly throughout South and Central America, being quickly transmitted to humans through mosquito bites.
Although most people who are infected with Zika are only met with mild symptoms (fever, red eyes, joint pain, rash, etc.), the virus poses a significant threat to pregnant women and their unborn children. According to the CDC, “Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects.” It’s also important to note that aside from mosquito transmission, Zika can also be transmitted from person-to-person through:
- Sexual intercourse
- Blood transfusions
- Pregnant mother to child
DIY Mosquito Prevention Methods
Unfortunately, when the days start getting warmer, the mosquitoes show up to ruin all the fun. Even with professional mosquito treatment, it can be hard to guarantee zero mosquitoes. But with these natural herbs, combined with professional treatment, you should be able to reduce the number of mosquitoes drastically.
Plant Mosquito-Repellent Plants
Citronella isn’t the only plant that repels mosquitoes, even though it is one of the most popular. There are actually many inexpensive and easy to care for plants out there that can repel mosquitoes naturally. Some great options include:
- Lemon balm
Simply plant these in your yard and they can help naturally ward off these frustrating pests. To choose which ones to grow in your own herb garden, consider which plants will do best in your yard conditions (sunlight, moisture, soil content). Choose plants that you will enjoy using for other purposes, too -- like cooking and eating. Good choices for tea lovers are lavender, chamomile, and basil as they can make delicious tea additives. In addition, if you like fragrant flowers, citronella, lavender, and lemon balm are wonderful additions to any flower garden.
Use Herbal Oils
If you just don’t have the time, space, or patience to grow herbs in your garden to repel mosquitoes, try using the essential oils from the herbs in other ways. A great choice for this method is citronella, as the oils in the plants do well when made into mosquito-repelling candles. You can also use lavender essential oils around your windowsills and doorways to keep mosquitoes outside where they belong during hot summer nights when you want to leave windows open.
You can also try using the essential herbal oils on your body to repel mosquitoes while you are out and about. For this method, try using fragrant oils like lavender or lemon balm and dab them on your skin in small amounts. It is advisable to try this on a small patch of skin first to ensure you are not allergic to the herbs or the oils. Also, be sure to always supervise children when using herbal oils.
Use Fans or Air Conditioning
Although this one is decidedly simple, you can’t beat its effectiveness. Consider adding a fan or air conditioning unit to your outdoor spaces. The movement of the air will disrupt the insects’ flight paths and will make it difficult for them to stick around. While a few might get through your defenses, adding a fan to your yard - especially in areas where you tend to congregate - can make a huge difference in the number of mosquitoes that hang around.
Use Coffee Grounds
When you make your next cup of joe, make your coffee do double duty by repurposing your coffee grounds as a mosquito control technique. All you have to do is sprinkle the coffee grounds in standing water around your home where mosquitoes might breed. This environmentally-friendly option suffocates the mosquito eggs and kills them before they even hatch!
Provide Proper Yard Drainage
One of the best ways to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard is to make sure that they can’t breed around your home. To do this, you have to get rid of potential breeding sites for these pesky invaders. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so do your best to make sure there is none of that around for the mosquitoes to find. Look for areas in your yard that seem excessively wet, and improve drainage in those areas. In addition, adjust your yard watering cycle to make sure that there are no puddles. Drain birdbaths regularly, and make sure your hose isn’t leaking.
Clean Up Your Yard
It is advisable to give your yard a thorough cleaning in the summertime if you notice a lot of mosquitoes around. Get rid of any excess yard debris, lawn clippings, leaves, and other things that might create suitable homes and breeding areas for mosquitoes. You don’t want them moving in, so don’t make it easy for them to make themselves at home.
Using Mosquito Lights Outdoors
Mosquitoes are attracted to lights, so to decrease the amount that you attract to your outdoor get-togethers, purchase insect lights which are a different color. You can find these lights at your local hardware store.
Call in the Professional Mosquito Exterminators
All of these techniques can help you with your mosquito problem, but there is truly no solution like a professional mosquito treatment. Here at Tailor Made Lawns, we offer mosquito treatments that will keep your yard completely bug-free for 3-5 weeks. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy an outdoor get-together without these unwanted guests?