Mosquitoes can be a pesky annoyance that prevent you from enjoying your days outside in your yard. Even worse, they can carry dangerous diseases, like malaria, West Nile virus and dengue. These winged insects may seem to be everywhere, but there are several ways you can reduce or eliminate the number of mosquitoes in the vicinity. Horizon Pest Control is here to update you with some mosquito prevention methods you can use to get the most out of your lawn while the weather is nice.
No Standing Water
The biggest issue that leads to mosquitoes in your yard is standing water. Mosquitoes love moisture, and female mosquitoes lay eggs in water, meaning that even small amounts can become a breeding ground. Inspect your lawn for places where standing water could collect. Common problem spots include:
- Gutters: Often forgotten about, gutters that are clogged or don’t drain properly can collect rain easily.
- Kids' toys: After playing with your little ones, make sure to bring in all toys on which water can accumulate.
- Trash cans and buckets: Any large containers, like trash cans, that are left open are a common place to find standing water
- Planters and Pots: Check your garden for any standing water in the pots of your plants and have them drained
- Tarps: If there is a tarp laid out on your lawn, it can be an easy spot for water to pool.
If you have permanent water fixtures in your yard, like a birdbath, make sure to switch the water out once a week to clear out any possible eggs that have been laid. Mosquitoes will avoid your pool if it is chlorinated and the filter is working, so it should not be an issue.
Whether you choose candles or lanterns, light fixtures equipped with mosquito repellent can be effective in not only making sure the bugs stay away, but providing some nice mood lighting as well. Citronella is a common fragrance used in these devices, and candles with geraniol in the wax deliver an even more powerful repellent. Make sure to strategically place your candles or lanterns far enough away from each other to create adequate coverage across your entire lawn. These devices may have limited functionality, however, as you may not want to use them during the day and they aren’t as effective when it is windy.
If you want to keep your mosquito prevention more natural, you can outfit your lawn with plants that release repellent on their own. Citronella plants, the source of the fragrance used in repellent candles and lanterns, is your best bet to drive away mosquitoes. Rosemary, marigolds and catnip have also commonly been used as mosquito repellents, but their effectiveness hasn’t been proven. These plants use their fragrance as a defense mechanism to ward off foes, so they won’t automatically release their repellents. To stimulate this release, rustle up the leaves so the plants think they are being threatened. This is great to do before your next barbecue or party so your guests won’t be bothered.
Let Professionals Handle It
Following these tricks should help get rid of some mosquitoes, but your problem may still not be solved. If you see swarms of mosquitoes even after your best efforts, then it’s time to call a professional. Horizon Pest Control offers comprehensive mosquito prevention services for residents throughout counties of Somerset, Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Union, Ocean, Middlesex, Mercer and Monmouth, New Jersey that will allow you to enjoy your days outside without worry. To receive a free consultation, contact us today.