Skip to main content

5 Things to Help Prevent Mosquitoes Around Your Yard

Although mosquito season is currently coming to an end, there are 5 steps you can take now to help prevent mosquitoes from plaguing you in the future. There are certain conditions that attract mosquitoes, and while you may not be able to eliminate them completely, it can certainly help to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard.

1. Address Drainage Issues in Your Yard

This is the biggest project that you may take on to prevent mosquitoes. If you have a corner of your yard that stays damp or collects pooling water when it rains. This may mean that you need to grade the area so that the water has a chance to drain. You may need to have a professional determine if you should install a drainage system in your yard. It may be that you need to trim back the foliage or clear out the underbrush so that the area receives more direct sunlight to allow it to dry more quickly.

2. Fix Your Water Features

If you have water features in your yard, you may be creating a natural breeding ground for mosquitoes. If you have a fountain or waterfall feature, it is important to make sure it is working since the moving water can help to prevent mosquitoes. When it gets cold enough to freeze, you will need to take care of the pumps so they do not break over the winter.

3. Change Your Bird Baths

One option is to add a water fountain to any of your bird baths so that the water is moving, which can prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs there. Another option is remove the bird bath completely. This may be a good option if you do not often see birds in it. However, if you do want to keep your bird bath, it is important that you change out the water in the bird bath every other day.

4. Choose Your Plants

When you are planning your garden, there are specific plants you can choose that are natural mosquito repellents. You can choose to plant these in the borders of your yard or around your patio to create a natural barrier for mosquitoes. Some plants that you can consider are marigolds, geraniums, catnip, lavender, lemon balm and peppermint. Take the time to incorporate these in your planning. You may find that you like the look of one type of plant better than the other and change your landscaping each year.

5. Treat Your Yard Professionally

If you really want to eliminate mosquitoes in your yard, you should consider hiring a mosquito exterminator to spray for mosquitoes for you. There are treatment plans that can safely eliminate the annoyance of mosquitoes while being completely safe for you and your family. The professionals at Mosquito Tek will exterminate mosquitoes from your yard and allow you to enjoy doing the things you enjoy the most. The plans will eliminate adult mosquitoes while creating a barrier to stop new ones from coming into your yard. The plan will also address areas where mosquitoes may breed.

Learn more about mosquito extermination:


Popular posts from this blog

4 Ways to Protect Your Children from Mosquitoes

[caption id="attachment_3084" align="alignright" width="300"] Image courtesy of John Tann via Flickr CC by 2.0[/caption]

Mosquitoes carry a number of serious illnesses that can affect your children including West Nile virus, and St. Louis encephalitis. Mosquito bites can also make your children itchy and uncomfortable. One of the best ways to avoid the complications that come with mosquito bites is to help your children to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes completely.
Dress Your Children to Protect Them
Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, so you should dress your children in light colored clothes. Loose fitting clothing with long sleeves and pants can reduce the number of mosquito bites that your children receive. There is the option to treat the clothing with an insect repellent or to buy clothing that is already treated. This option is good if you know you are going into an area that is heavily populated with mosquitoes like on a camping trip, but it m…

A Guide to Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes have been plaguing people throughout all known time. Not only do they cause itchy bites that can be annoying, there are responsible for spreading a number of serious illnesses. The threat is so serious and ongoing that most communities and countries have extensive mosquito control programs which help to combat the outbreaks. There are still outbreaks each year in countries across the world of illnesses like Yellow fever and dengue fever. In order to combat mosquitoes, it is important to understand mosquitoes.

The Life Cycle of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water. After the eggs hatch, the mosquitoes are larvae and they spend time in the water until they become pupae and then hatch from that stage. At this point, the mosquitoes are adults and will begin flying around. The male mosquitoes feed on nectar, while the female mosquitoes need a blood meal so that they lay their eggs. Mosquitoes can lay up to two hundred eggs at a time.

Prevent Mosquitoes
Once you underst…

Commonly Asked Mosquito Questions

Mosquito season is just around the corner. The spring and summer months are the times when mosquitoes are most active. While mosquito bites can be annoying, the real issue is that mosquitoes can spread a number of serious illnesses. Here are some commonly asked questions about mosquitoes.

Is It Safe for My Baby to Wear Mosquito Repellent?
Babies as young as two months old can safely wear mosquito repellent. You will want to check with your physician to learn the kind that is best for your baby, and what concentration of DEET that is safe to use on someone that size. You may want to avoid taking your baby outside during peak mosquito times. You can also use mosquito netting around your baby as an extra protection.

What Types of Illnesses Can Mosquitoes Spread?
There are a number of different illnesses that mosquitoes can spread. In the United States some of the most common illnesses include the West Nile virus and St. Louise encephalitis. Around the world there are more serious illness…