Summer is around the corner and the sunshine is calling. Don’t let mosquitos ruin your outdoor fun. Here are a few tips for keeping the bugs out of your backyard.
1. Look out for standing water
Standing water of any depth — whether it’s the half-inch at the bottom of a planter or the six inches stagnating in your wheelbarrow — is an invitation for mosquitos (they need water to breed). Be careful not to overwater your lawn and to refresh water containers, like dog bowls, often.
2. That includes your gutters
Make sure your gutters are clean and water drains freely. Otherwise, you’re the proprietor of a very long singles bar for mosquitos.
3. Switch your bulbs
In some areas of the country, depending on the breed of mosquitos, swapping out the bulbs you use in your outdoor lights for yellow bug bulbs can mean fewer insects swarming the lights.
4. Trim away
Mosquitos like to hang out in the shade and feast on plant nectar. Keep your lawn short and hack down heavy vegetation near your patio and house to make your property less appealing.
5. Blast the buggers
Mosquitos aren’t powerful fliers. Strategically placed fans around your deck can blow them away, and a ceiling fan above your covered porch can help too.
6. Hang a net
When done correctly, mosquito netting can drape your patio or outdoor eating area in elegance while keeping the bugs at bay.
7. Light candles
Citronella candles, lamps and coils can help repel mosquitos.
8. Bring in the big guns
Work with a professional pest control company who can install misters to work all season, or spray your yard once for a special occasion.
Are mosquitos just the beginning of your yard’s problems? A move to greener grass may be in your future. Start by consulting with an experienced agent. Contact me.