5 Tips For Controlling Mosquitoes In Your Yard

Mosquito bites can be itchy and uncomfortable, and mosquitoes can carry a number of diseases, so most people want to do whatever they can to keep these pests out of their yard. Luckily, there are a number of ways to prevent a mosquito infestation so you can enjoy spending time outside in your yard. Use the following tips to rid your yard of mosquitoes:

Get Rid of Standing Water

The mosquito reproductive cycle relies on water; mosquitoes lay eggs on the surface of water and after the eggs hatch the larvae begin developing in water. One of the simplest ways to prevent a mosquito infestation in your yard is by ensuring that there is no standing water available. Make sure that you don't have clogged gutters, birdbaths with stagnant water, buckets, untreated ponds, or any other containers that can collect water in your yard.

Use Plants that Repel Mosquitoes

There are a number of plants that are natural mosquito repellents. In addition to repelling mosquitoes, these plants can also enhance the appearance of your yard. You can either plant the plants in containers and place them around your yard and patio or plant them in your garden. Some of the top plants known for repelling mosquitoes include lavender, marigolds, citronella grass, catnip, rosemary, basil, and scented geraniums. 

Keep Up with Yard Work

Mosquitoes are attracted to cool, shady areas where they can escape from the summer heat. If you allow grass, shrubs, or trees to become overgrown it can create an attractive environment for mosquitoes. Keeping your lawn trimmed and cutting back shrubs and trees will help ensure that mosquitoes do not take up residence in your yard.

Place Fans Outdoors

If you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors, consider placing a few fans around seating areas or outdoor dining areas. When fans are running, it makes it more difficult for mosquitoes to fly in the area. In addition, having fans running in the area where people are sitting can help disperse the carbon dioxide emitted by humans, which is what mosquitoes are attracted to when looking for a feeding source.

Call a Professional

When you have a serious mosquito infestation in your yard, you may want to consider calling a professional pest control company. A pest control company can fog your yard to kill off the mosquito population. In most cases, fogging the yard for mosquitoes can make a big difference and keep the mosquitoes away for an extended period of time. Get in touch with a company like Houston Misting to learn more.