From the moment the weather starts to warm up you’ll see mosquitoes appearing, ready to start reproducing and annoying you.
While it’s interesting to note that only female mosquitoes bite you for your blood, it doesn’t help if you, like many others, seem to attract mosquitoes to you.
The bottom line is they aren’t just annoying or leave itchy bites on your body, mosquitoes can also carry a number of diseases, some of which can be serious.
If you have an abundance of mosquitoes in your vicinity then your first thought may be to call your local exterminators, that’s a good idea.
They won’t just help you eliminate the mosquitoes, a good pest control company will help you reduce the likelihood of future visits. That’s the most effective form of pest control for mosquitoes. There are several things you can do.
Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes need standing water. This is where the eggs are laid and left. The baby mosquitoes live in the water after they are first born until they are ready to fly. That’s when they go off, in search of the chance to reproduce. It’s a never-ending cycle and one that has kept mosquitoes alive for thousands of years.
If you eliminate the standing water the mosquitoes will go elsewhere.
That means pet water bowls, leaks from pipes, water collecting in blocked gutters, and any other water source you can see. Get rid of them all from your garden.
It’s worth noting a water feature is okay providing the water is constantly moving.
Tidy your Yard
You may not think about it but your grass provides plenty of moisture and shade for mosquitoes as well as other pests. By keeping your grass regularly cut and removing all waste and unnecessary growth you’ll be making your yard less hospitable for mosquitoes. They will go elsewhere.
Grow Some herbs
Mosquitoes are not keen on certain plants, such as peppermints, citronella, and even marigolds. You can strategically plant these around your yard to help keep mosquitoes away from certain areas, such as where you eat and entertain.
Catnip is also a good mosquito repellent but your cats, and your neighbour’s cats will love it.
Use A Fan
Get a plug-in fan and put it on a low speed near your windows, doors, and even in your entertaining areas. Mosquitoes are not strong flyers and will be unable to get past the breeze created by the fan. This is a great way of keeping them away from you and helping you to stay cool!
Window & Door Screens
If you live in an area that has mosquitoes you should already have door and window screens. These allow the breeze in and the light, without letting the mosquitoes in.
If you have got any, get some! Equally, if you’ve already got them fitted check them periodically to ensure they are in good condition.
These simple measures will allow you to enjoy your home and yard while the mosquitoes go elsewhere.