As we begin to head toward the hot, sultry months of summer, the prevalence of mosquitoes in and around your yard is likely to be on the rise. With a few tried-and-true tips, however, you can prevent the insects from taking over your property. Preventative maintenance, as it is sometimes called, is the key to the whole battle.
Get Rid of Standing Water Areas
Mosquitoes are naturally drawn to pools of standing water, which they need to breed. While puddles of water on low-lying areas of the property should be eliminated as quickly as possible, you should also watch out for flower pots, plates, bottle caps, and anything else that can hold water from the most recent rainfall. The egg and larval stages of mosquitoes require water, which means that getting rid of standing water will interrupt the reproduction cycle so that the critters cannot reproduce. In many cases, a steady supply of water means mosquitoes can complete an entire life cycle in a little more than a week, which is why it is so necessary to keep things dry.
Bring in Plants That Mosquitoes Hate
You can also change around your landscaping a bit so that you have some natural protection. Here are just a few plants that drive away mosquitoes:
- Lemon balm
Planting a small garden near the front door of the house, for example, can lead to significant positive benefits. The goal is to make use of herbs and flowers that are known to repel the insects. Marigolds, for instance, produce an odd smell that is uncommon in the flower world. Mosquitoes will avoid this particular flower and will thus be much less likely to be found near the sidewalk and porch where your family enters and exits the house.
Moderately Trim Back Vegetation
Like most insects, mosquitoes need a place during the heat of the day to stay cool. Heavy bushes and shrubs around the property offer up just such a resting place. Regularly pruning hedges will keep mosquitoes at bay and decrease their population. You should also mow your lawn on a regular basis. In addition to being unsightly, tall grass offers an ideal hiding place for not only mosquitoes but a variety of other insect pests during the summer.
If you find that a mosquito infestation is already in progress, then professional treatment may be needed. My Exterminator can send a technician to the property and devise an action plan that will get rid of the pests. Contact My Exterminator for further assistance.