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How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in Your Yard


Is it becoming hard for you to spend time outside because of some small living nuisances? These nuisances are probably mosquitoes that are not only sucking on your blood, but are also making it hard for you to enjoy your time outdoors.   Not only annoying but also can be a health risk because of the diseases they can transmit.

Mosquitoes are the flying creatures that spread diseases and give painful bites. It is important to get rid of these pests before they begin to increase their population. Yes, like other pests, mosquitoes have the tendency to multiply quickly, especially when they have found a good spot for breeding. This guide will help you get rid of mosquitoes for good.

Hideouts/Breeding Locations in Your Yard

Mosquitoes use a countless number of places for breeding, particularly low lying areas of water and shallow pools or basins as female mosquitoes need a water resource to lay eggs. It is important to understand that if you want to get rid of mosquitoes, you need to get rid of their breeding sites. Ending the water resource could be the beginning to finishing the mosquitoes that are in your yard.  Although, never a perfect solutions, as mosquitoes can fly from all areas to come and feast on you and your family.

You will need to look near places like gutters, plants and pots, outdoor play gyms, birdbaths, near trash cans and areas where you can see rainwater puddles or leakages. These are the most popular places for mosquitoes breeding will be present.

7 Ways of Getting Rid Of Mosquitoes – For Good

  1. Fix Up the Environment of Your Yard

The first step that you must take is cleaning up the areas where there is standing water. You might think that there are no possible mosquito breeding places in your yard, but you need to keep in mind that mosquitoes can lay hundreds of eggs in small places. Examples of standing water can be your pet’s water, birdbaths, and puddles near faucets and pipes, tree holes and underneath plant saucers.

  • Clean out gutters in your home and the areas that are near your house.

  • If you are a pool owner, make sure you are using chlorine to keep your pool clean and keeping it covered during winter.  Circulating water is ideal to prevent larvae from inhabiting those areas.

  • If the saucers underneath the plants are being filled with water, then add soil or sand to them. This will be beneficial for the plant and the mosquito will not be able to use it as a breeding site.

  1. Water Treatments

There is a mosquito treatment called BTI (bacillus thuringiensis israelensis). This natural treatment is added to standing water that cannot be drained. You can add this to ditches, rain puddles or even your ponds. The best part about BTI is that it is not harmful for plants, aquatic animals, or humans, but it does a good job in killing mosquitoes and their larvae. BTI is available in different forms, which means it can be dunked in water or sprinkled on top of gutters and areas that collect water.

  1. Manicure Time for Your Yard

Excessively grown grass can be a reason why mosquitoes are attracted to your house. When mosquitoes are not flying around, they are in safe places. For them these places need to be dark, cool, moist, and covered. You will need to cut your grass, keep the shrubs and trees trimmed and clear bushes that are near the ground. This action will not only allow more sunlight to get to your plants but it will also dry out the damp areas and the population of mosquitoes will visibly decrease.

  1. Grow Mosquito Repelling Plants

Did you know growing certain plants in your garden repels mosquitoes? Mosquito repelling plants include Lemongrass, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lantana, Ageratum and all mint plants are good options. The strong smell that comes from these plants makes mosquitoes feel suffocated. On the upside, these plants will not only keep mosquitoes away, but will also make your yard look beautiful.

  1. Keep the Soil Dry

It is important that the soil stays as dry as possible. Adding cedar mulch to the soil is a good alternative because it will soak up the extra moisture from the soil, make the vegetation look better and keep all mosquitoes away. Make sure to address low lying areas that hold water.  You can also use a product called Altosid Pro-G to sprinkle in those areas where the drainage cannot be corrected.

Fun fact: Cedar oil is the main ingredient in mosquito repellants, which makes cedar mulch a trusted method.

  1. Invite Outsiders

Mosquitoes have enemies other than humans. Birds and bats cannot stand having mosquitoes around. Therefore, a good method can be to get a birdbath. Having a birdbath will invite birds and mosquitoes. However, keep in mind that you will need to add BTI to the water so that mosquitoes are unable to lay eggs. In addition, if a mosquito comes near the birdbath while the birds are present, they will eat them up.

You can install a bat house in your yard as well. Bats can feed on hundreds of mosquitoes in the span of an hour. This will help combat the mosquito issue. Add some outdoor lights and mosquito zappers so your yard can be completely mosquito-free.

  1. Fogging

There are electric portable foggers that can put out a very fine mist of insecticide or even a green product to control mosquitoes in your yard. This will usually get you good coverage and protection for a couple of weeks, so very much worth the small cost of purchasing the item and will last for years and years.  You can use residual products like Reclaim IT to the fogger.

Stop the Waters

The main thing is to dry all the water that is attracting the mosquitoes. Get all leakages fixed and add BTI to those that cannot be dried up. Prevention is key when you are trying to get rid of such nuisances.

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