Keeping Mosquitoes Away
There’s nothing like spending time outside with your family when the weather is pleasant. Sometimes, higher temperatures or rainy weather can lead to mosquitoes breeding and taking over the outdoor area near your home. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can control these pests so that you can continue to enjoy sitting on your patio or deck or spending time in your yard.
Eliminate Water Sources
Mosquitoes tend to use sources of water as a nursery. They lay their eggs in the containers of water around your home or in standing water without you realizing that they are reproducing. Soon, there could be hundreds of mosquitoes flying around outside. An easy way to keep mosquitoes from laying their eggs is to remove their breeding grounds. Throw away empty containers that could collect water, and keep your yard maintained so that there aren’t as many areas for standing water to collect.
Sometimes, the number of mosquitoes can just be too overwhelming for you to handle. A professional pest control company can come to your home to offer mosquito control assistance. Products that are safe for the environment and for your family are often used by the company. It usually only takes one or two trips to cut back on the pest issue.
If you enjoy sitting on your deck or patio, then put a small fan on a table or the floor. The air from the fan will not only keep you cooler, but it can also make it harder for the small pests to continue flying around. They will struggle to stay in the area when there is a fan blowing them away because mosquitoes are very lightweight. Combine a fan with a few fragrances that keep the pests away, such as lavender or lemon.
Keep It Clean
Aside from standing water, mosquitoes sometimes like to swarm around trash and debris that you have around your home. They also enjoy tall grass and plants that you haven’t taken the time to cut. A simple way to keep mosquitoes away is to keep the exterior of your home as clean as possible. Mow your yard when the grass gets tall, and keep the weeds cut back so that they aren’t attractive to mosquitoes and other pests. You should also keep your gutters cleaned as this is a place where water can collect as well as leaves and other debris.