Summertime means popsicles, poolside chats with friends, cool salads and watermelon, and fun in the sun. It also has some downsides, namely annoying mosquitos.
The enemy of every cookout, the bane of every backyard bbq, the thing that loses you your backyard for what seems like months. But, what if we told you there’s a way to reclaim your yard from these buzzy itchy pests.
Here we go over everything on how to get rid of mosquitos.
Eliminating Mosquitos Starts With An Ounce of Prevention
There are a number of different ways you can prevent the mosquitos from taking over so hard this season. By doing something now and preventing most of the onslaught, they’ll be easier to tackle later.
Avoid Leaving Standing Water Around Your Home
Mosquitos aren’t long-distance flyers, they can only make it a few miles. So, they are constantly on the lookout for a convenient place to lay their eggs. Water is always the most attractive option.
Do an inspection of your property after rain and make sure to empty any standing water. Look in places like plant saucers, old tires, and clogged gutters. If you have a birdbath make sure you go out and change the water often so it doesn’t become a prime nesting ground for these bugs.
Take note of where water likes to puddle around your home and do your best to eliminate the problem. The fewer pools, even muddy puddles, the better to avoid mosquitos. If you have an ornamental pond considering keeping fish that eat mosquitos in there.
You can also treat the pond water with a mosquito ring containing larvacide.
Use Your Landscaping to Naturally Ward Off Mosquitos
There are a lot of herbs and plants that are natural repellants to mosquitos. Consider planting a garden in your yard to help ward off the pests.
Some of the best herbs to repel mosquitos are basil, lavender, lemongrass, lemon thyme, mint, and rosemary. Not only will this help keep the bugs away but they’ll kick your cooking game up a notch too.
Use Their Weakness To Your Advantage
We mentioned that mosquitos aren’t the strongest flyers. Use this to your advantage by making use of strategically placed fans around your property.
The little bloodsuckers won’t be able to fight the air current and will naturally avoid your yard. There is no exact science to this you simply have to play around with the airflow until you get the right effect.
Check The Kid’s Toys Too
Remember to check the kid’s toys they’ve left outside for standing water as well. Many toys, like nerf guns, hold lots of water but look dry on the outside.
Go through the yard and dry the toys. Also, check inside the playhouses for flooded floors.
More Than Annoying: Avoiding Mosquitos Avoids Disease
While the buzzing and itchy bites are certainly annoying there are far more risks to avoid. Mosquitos are carriers of a variety of nasty diseases.
Mosquitos carry malaria, West Nile Virus, Yellow fever, Filariasis, Dengue Fever, and Encephalitis. These have become epidemics in third world countries because of their lack of mosquito protection.
In addition to these diseases, they are also carriers of canine heartworm which also puts your dogs at risk.
How to Get Rid of Mosquitos With Houseman Pest
The professionals here at Houseman Pest take mosquito prevention and eradication seriously. We make sure to treat your entire property and all around the home with repellant for mosquitos.
Once we have given you some immediate relief we begin putting your long term solution in place. First, we eliminate any of the breeding locations around your home that you may have missed. Then we continue to treat the yard.
Since many of the bugs that make it into your backyard aren’t born there, the consistent treatment prevents them from surviving and laying any more eggs on your property. We inspect your entire property for any easy entryways for these pests as well to avoid mosquitos inside your home.
Do you have a mosquito problem at your home? Are you ready to reclaim your yard this summer and not have to deal with the painful itch and potential sickness of a mosquito swarm? Houseman Pest can help you.
Contact us today so we can go over all of our treatment plan options with you. Our goal is to keep your family safe from all dangerous insects. Let us handle the bugs while you relax and enjoy your home.