Summer is a great time to spend time outdoors in your backyard, but mosquitoes can quickly make spending time outside a hassle. No one wants to deal with itchy mosquito bites, not to mention the risk of mosquito borne illnesses. If you have noticed that mosquitoes have taken up residence in your backyard, use the following tips to get rid of them:
Make Sure there is No Standing Water in Your Yard
Mosquitoes are attracted to areas with standing water because water is required for their reproduction. Mosquitoes lay eggs in water, and when the larvae mature there will be a whole new swarm of mosquitoes in your yard. When you want to get rid of mosquitoes, one of the easiest things to do is eliminate any standing water from your yard. Always empty kiddie pools after use, and closely inspect your yard after a rainstorm to see if any standing water was accumulated in pots, wagons, or sandboxes. It is also a good idea to check your gutters on a regular basis to ensure that they are draining properly and not accumulating standing water.
Purchase a Portable Mosquito Trap System
A portable mosquito trap system typically runs on either propane or batteries. The trap sends out a smell to lure mosquitoes to it, and once they fly into the trap they cannot get out. There are many models of portable mosquito traps, and most units are designed to protect a large area of land.
Introduce New Plants to Your Yard
Consider sprucing up your landscaping and controlling mosquitoes at the same time-- there are a number of plants that are natural mosquito repellents. Plants that are known to repel mosquitoes include: citronella grass, catnip, lemon balm, marigolds, basil, peppermint, and lavender. Place these plants in pots or in the ground around the perimeter of your yard as well as near your patio to help keep the area free of mosquitoes.
Call a Pest Control Company
If your yard is infested with mosquitoes, it is in your best interest to contact a pest control company like Albemarle Termite & Pest Control. A pest control technician will be able to inspect your yard and identify any types of vegetation that mosquitoes rest in during the hottest part of the day. Insecticides will be applied to the vegetation to help eliminate adult mosquitoes from the area. If you have a pond, water garden, or a fountain in your backyard, a pest control company can treat these areas with an insecticide that prevents mosquito larvae development in an aquatic environment to help end mosquito reproduction on your property.