It’s spring here in the midwest and Kentucky, and that means plenty of things. Warm weather, lots of sunshine, longer days, and more time spent outside. Time enjoying life with friends and family, hosting barbecues, playing yard games, and sharing stories around a campfire. If there is one thing that can keep us all inside, it’s that much-dreaded mosquito. Those annoying buggers seem to get worse every year. And they’re no longer just annoying. Some of them carry harmful diseases for both you and your pets. It’s now time to fight back. There are a few things you can do to try and make your yard less attractive to mosquitoes, and we’ve listed them below.
Maintain a Well Kept Lawn
Keep your lawn mowed and outdoor area clean. Mosquitoes gather in tall grassy areas full of vegetation. Try to keep your grass cut, weeds under control, and hedges trimmed. Try to mow your grass early in the morning so that the sun has time to dry it out, alleviating any pools of water.
Eliminate Any Standing Water From Your Ohio, Kentucky, Or Indiana Property
You already know that mosquitoes love water. If you live near a lake, pond, or along a river, you know first-hand how bad the mosquitoes can be. But what about items on your property you haven’t thought of? Wherever there is stagnant water on your lawn, you will find mosquitoes. Take a walk around your property and assess any objects that may hold water, especially after it rains. Pay close attention to:
- Empty flower pots
- Rain barrels
- Old tires
- Birdbaths and water containers for animals
- Water features
- Your gutters and rain spouts
Use the Power of Air Circulation
Have you ever noticed how on a windy night/day, there are fewer mosquitoes? This is because these little buggers are not the best at flying. While they do fly, the strength of the fan’s wind will be too much for the mosquito, forcing them to move away. So, install an overhead fan on your outdoor patio or deck and watch your mosquito bites go down drastically.
Mask the Scent that Attracts Mosquitoes to You With Citronella
Citronella has been used to ward off mosquitoes for many years. You can purchase the scent of citronella in many different forms, including candles, oil diffusers, and tiki torches. The smell of citronella actually repels mosquitoes. It masks the scent that attracts them to us. Placing a few candles and tiki torches around your patio can create a barrier for your backyard event. Unfortunately, citronella candles and torches only protect a small area. Therefore, you need to place several of them in different locations to be effective.
Smoke Them Out With a Warm and Toasty Fire Pit
Having a firepit while you are hanging outside at night will help discourage mosquitoes from hanging out. The fine particles in smoke and certain chemicals inherent in the wood do not mix well with mosquitoes and keep them at bay. It’s not a perfect solution, but it helps.
Pay Attention to the Plants You Surround Your Property With
While it’s important to make your yard look aesthetically appealing, there are certain scents and plants that mosquitoes are unattracted to and therefore serve as natural repellents. These blood-thirsty insects hate the smell of lavender. Hard to believe since it smells so good to us. The essential oils found in the leaves keep mosquitoes away and help deter hungry rabbits and groundhogs. Plant lavender in an area with plenty of sunlight. Other plants that are natural mosquito repellents include:
- Citronella Grass
Gain Control of Your Ohio, Indiana, or Kentucky Backyard With the Help From the Professionals at Unique Lawn Care
While the above ideas are great and will help you combat the mosquito population in your yard, they are not foolproof. The firepit, citronella, and use of a fan are temporary and will only help with one small area of your choosing. To truly take back your yard and gain control, you need help from professionals. Unique Lawn Care offers a mosquito control service. Our effective and thorough mosquito treatments will eliminate and prevent mosquitoes from harming you, your family, and pets.
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