There are so many things to love about summer—but mosquitoes aren't one of them. Nothing can ruin an otherwise perfect day like the whine or bite from a mosquito, and where there is one there are dozens, or even hundreds more. In addition to these annoying qualities, mosquitoes can also transmit diseases including: West Nile virus, encephalitis, yellow fever, and more.
Mosquitoes can multiply quickly and can be hard to get rid of once they have taken over your backyard. You can significantly reduce their numbers or eliminate them altogether by following these tips:
Remove Standing Water
If you're wondering how to prevent mosquitoes, begin by touring your property to find any sources of standing or stagnant water. Since this is where mosquitoes lay their eggs, you can prevent them from breeding and multiplying by dumping or diverting water found in buckets, garbage cans, tarps, and other areas where water may collect.
Clean Your Pool
Whether you have an inground or above ground pool, it's important to keep it well maintained and chlorinated, to repel mosquitoes and deter them from laying their eggs. Adequate water filtration and circulation help to keep water clean and moving, and your pool cover can prevent chemicals from evaporating and keep insects out when not in use. Wading pools for pets or children should be emptied on a regular basis, and the area surrounding the pool should be kept well-trimmed and free of dips or holes where water may collect.
Wherever your landscape regularly accumulates water after significant rainfall or watering. Fill these areas in with soil to even out the grade when possible, or channel the water to redirect it for more effective drainage.
Leaves and other materials can collect in your gutters over time which may prevent the system from draining. Professional gutter cleaning services from The Grounds Guys are an easy, affordable way to keep your gutters free from debris, and keep mosquitoes at bay. Ensure your downspouts are strategically located and maintained so that the flow of water is directed away from the area and adequately dispersed.
Maintain Your Landscape
Long, cool grass, and overgrown vegetation are ideal hiding places for mosquitoes during the heat of the day. Keep up with weekly lawn maintenance to keep your grass neat and healthy, and ensure bushes and shrubs are well trimmed.
Citronella grass is a natural deterrent to mosquitoes, effectively masking the scents that attract these pests to humans. Other plants that have been known to reduce or eliminate the presence of mosquitoes and other insects include:
- Scented geraniums
Keep Things Moving
A backyard pond is an interesting landscape feature, though the combination of still water and plant life attracts mosquitoes. Install a fountain or aerator or consider adding an assortment of fish that are known to eat mosquito larvae, such as: goldfish, guppies, or killifish if your climate and lifestyle allow.
Change Your Lighting
Most insects, including mosquitoes, are naturally drawn to the light given off by regular bulbs. Replace your outdoor bulbs with yellow "bug lights," which emit light that is on a different wavelength, and is less attractive to pests.