Mosquitoes are common pests that can transmit serious diseases to humans and pets. To repel mosquitoes from your property, follow these simple tips to interrupt their life cycle and prevent them from thriving in your yard.
Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes require stagnant water for their larvae to develop. They lay their eggs in the water, where the eggs hatch and the larvae eat and grow. By removing any source of standing water, you are eliminating a potential breeding zone.
Common sources of standing water include water features that lack a pump, pet water bowls, and areas with poor drainage. Take note of downspouts and leaking gutters, as these areas can cause pools of standing water that may not drain away quickly.
Repel Mosquitoes with Plants
Many plants contain oils mosquitoes hate. Citronella is the best-known, but plants such as lavender, catnip, lemongrass, rosemary, basil, and marigold are also good choices. Planting a few around the home or perimeter of the yard can repel mosquitoes. Plant some as a border around places where humans spend time, such as around a pool or patio. Hanging baskets or pots near entrances to the home will repel mosquitoes away from doors.
Having screens on all windows and doors will prevent mosquitoes and other pests from entering the home, even when the windows are open. Purchase tent screens for open areas such as patios. Make sure that the screens have no large holes or tears.
Smoke can repel mosquitoes. Combining the fire with a mosquito-repelling oil will increase the effect. You can purchase citronella candles and even citronella fuel for torches. Lighting candles and torches at dusk will allow you to enjoy the outdoors even when mosquitoes are more active. Be sure to follow all safety precautions and local ordinances regarding open flames.
Maintain Your Landscape
Mosquitoes spend time throughout the day and night resting and hiding from predators. By eliminating debris and tall grass, you can reduce the number of mosquitoes in the yard by removing the areas where they rest and hide.
Call a Professional to Repel Mosquitoes
Sometimes a mosquito population can reach the level of infestation; at that point, it is best to call a professional to eliminate them. Local exterminators can provide the best information for your area and will be able to determine and apply the proper chemicals for treatment.