Keeping mosquitoes at bay during the warmer months may seem like a never-ending battle – especially here in the South, where we are blessed with warmer months than other states. However, there are several key things you can do to discourage mosquitoes from paying a call.
1. Locate And Remove Standing Water
Even though we don’t like mosquitoes, you have to admit: they are great survivors. Female mosquitoes can lay their eggs in any shallow standing water – even in something as small as a bottle cap. Like frogs, mosquito larvae begin their life in the water. Therefore, one of the biggest ways you can prevent mosquitoes is to take away sources of standing water before they turn into a nursery.
Common Sources Of Standing Water
- Flower Pots
- Old Tires
- Pooling Water/Puddles
- Rain Barrels
- Water containers for animals
- Water Features
How To Get Rid Of Standing Water
- Don’t overwater your lawn.
- Look for puddles after heavy rain and disperse the water.
- If you have repeated problems with drainage, consider having a professional drain installed to eliminate them.
- Fill in low-lying or uneven areas of your yard to prevent pooling water.
2. Plant Things Mosquitoes Hate
It just so happens that some common household plants – basil, lavender, peppermint, marigold, and catnip – are all things we love, and mosquitoes don’t! You can easily find any or all of these plants at a local nursery without difficulty. They’ll help repel mosquitoes, and you can enjoy their wonderful aromas too!
3. Keep The Grass Mowed
Tallgrass is a favorite hiding place for adult mosquitoes. Treat ornamental grasses with a good pesticide to kill existing mosquitoes and prevent future infestations. As for your lawn, make sure to mow regularly. Keeping grass trimmed discourages adult mosquitoes from nesting and allows the sun to evaporate pooling water, preventing mosquito nurseries. And, of course, mowing the lawn is something you should do anyway as part of your regular lawn maintenance. It just so happens that you can help control mosquitoes while you’re at it!
4. Treat Water Features With Bacterial Insecticide
In tip number one, we mentioned that ponds and water features with standing water could harbor mosquitoes. You may be wondering: does that mean I should remove these things from my yard? Not at all! In fact, there’s a straightforward solution to keep your lovely water features mosquito-free. Bacterial insecticides will effectively eliminate mosquito larvae without hurting other species like birds or aquatic plants. They come in forms like granules or dunks, which are placed in the water and slowly dissolve to kill mosquitoes. If you’re unsure which form of insecticide is best for your situation, don’t be afraid to ask lawn care treatment companies like Duncan’s Green Team for advice!
5. Keep Gutters Cleared
When gutters become clogged with organic debris – like dead leaves and twigs – they create dark, moist environments where mosquitoes can lay their eggs and hide during the hot daytime temperatures. And like mowing the lawn, clearing your gutters is something you have to do anyway if you don’t want your house to flood. So you may as well kill two birds with one stone! (And maybe kill some mosquitoes while you’re at it!)
6. Use Repellants
If you go the traditional DEET route, make sure it has 25 – 30% DEET or 15% picaridin. These insect repellents have undergone much testing over the years and continually prove to be effective against mosquitoes.
If you prefer organic bug spray, look for products that contain the oil of lemon eucalyptus. It is the only natural ingredient that is effective and safe to put on your person. However, it is not recommended to apply the pure, undiluted form of this oil directly to your skin.
7. Patch Doors And Window Screens
Mosquitoes can squeeze into the tiniest places so make sure to inspect your window screens for tears and your door frames for gaps. Opening the window for some fresh air is lovely, but you don’t want to inadvertently invite mosquitoes in.
8. Hire A Professional Mosquito Control Service
If you really want to give mosquitoes the boot, you need to kill the adults and eggs. The only surefire way to do this is by having lawn care services visit your yard to spray. While it’s impossible to eliminate 100% of mosquitoes, you can significantly decrease their numbers to the point where you won’t have to worry about bug spray or citronella torches.
Stop Mosquitoes In Their Tracks – Call Duncan’s Green Team
Send mosquitoes packing with help from the pros at Duncan’s Green Team Lawn Care. Our mosquito control program keeps you and your family safe from Lyme disease, West Nile virus, and other horrible afflictions. We also offer fire ant control, should your lawn be plagued by other uninvited guests. Don’t let bugs bother you anymore! Give Duncan’s Green Team a call at (770) 478-0098 or leave us a message online. Our monthly blog provides more information on pest control, lawn care, and landscaping, so don’t forget to check it out! And if you’re looking for the latest deals, be sure to like us on Facebook!