Keeping Mosquitos Out of Your Yard This Summer
Mosquitoes are an annoying, inevitable part of nature. These tiny pests can drive even the most patient person crazy and bring an end to your party. As if their incessant buzzing wasn’t enough, mosquitos also pose serious health risks to you and your family in the form of West Nile virus, Zika virus, and dengue fever. Summer mosquito control has never been more important.
Keep Up on Home Maintenance
Mosquitos are quite annoying outside but at least you can escape into your house and be rid of them. That is, of course, if your screens and waterproofing are in good shape. Mosquitoes are tiny and can fit through even the tiniest cracks. A great summer mosquito control tip is to check your screens for holes and that the weatherstripping seals around your doors and windows are tight.
Switch to Bug Lights
We all know bugs are attracted to light. Mosquitoes are no exceptions. So why are we surprised when we sit outside on our patio with the lights on and are swarmed by mosquitoes? Luckily there’s been an improvement in lightbulbs that Edison himself would have been impressed by, bug lights. These aren’t the electric bug zappers that we grew up with, these are lights that emit a different wavelength that doesn’t attract bugs.
Use Natural Mosquito Repellants
More and more people are becoming curious about natural mosquito repellents. These products not only work well to protect you from bites, but are also less toxic to humans and the environment. These alternative products work by blocking the mosquito’s sense of smell, making it harder for them to find and bite you.
Some natural mosquito repellants include:
Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Areas
The best way to keep mosquitoes out of your yard for good is to eliminate standing water whenever you see it. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed and they don’t need much to foster the next generation of biting mosquitoes. After it rains, make sure to dump out all standing water in:
- Flower pots
- Rain catchers
- Kiddie pools
Protect Your Water Features
Water features are an important part of your landscape. Don’t let mosquitoes control what you can and can’t have in your yard. For features such as ponds, fountains, and animal waterers, you can add larvicide pellets that can prevent mosquito larvae from reaching the adult stage for up to a month, and they are safe for animals.
Invite Mosquito’s Natural Enemies
You can step up your mosquito protection by enlisting the help of nature’s mosquito hunters. You can entice these natural predators to move into your yard by providing them a place to stay.
Natural mosquito predators include:
- Bats: Place bat houses where they can receive 6-8 hours of direct sunlight and at 15-20 feet off the ground.
- Swallows: Any old birdhouse can attract a swallow, providing that the hole is large enough to accommodate them. These aerial acrobats prefer to have their houses facing open fields where they can swoop in easily.
- Purple Martins: Like swallows, these birds are masters of the sky. They prefer to live in colonies of other purple martins. Purple martin houses are specifically designed to meet the needs of these mosquito hunters.
Call The Professionals
At Showcase Lawn Works, we have been providing innovative and effective lawn care solutions since 2011. With our mosquito control program, we will apply a liquid barrier to eliminate mosquitos and their eggs, preventing them from crashing your outdoor gatherings.