Mosquitoes can ruin even the simplest of outdoor activities. For some, a covered deck solves the problem, but for many, that isn't a practical or viable solution.
Before you move all of your summer festivities indoors this season, consider trying some of these simple tips to keep mosquitoes away from your home and yard.
Know Your Herbs
There are several herbs and plants that mosquitoes can't stand the smell of, which makes them perfect additions to your backyard parties.
This summer, try adding one or more of these plants to your garden or potted plant collection:
Lemongrass and marigolds are especially effective repellents, so it's worth keeping a few pots of each near your home. Additionally, if you have a charcoal grill, you can burn rosemary or sage sprigs on the coals for extra repelling power.
Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes can breed in just an inch of standing water. This means that it's important to keep your yard free of anything that can collect water, including:
- Bird baths
- Patio furniture
- Tires or hubcaps
- Empty flower pots
- Barrels or tubs
If you keep furniture in your yard or on your deck, be sure it stays as dry as possible, or flip it upside down when not in use.
The reason you see citronella candles every season is because they are effective. Mosquitoes especially hate the scent, so it's always good to have citronella on hand.
If you can't burn candles, you can also purchase citronella oil for a variety of uses. It can be set out in small dishes or used as a DIY repellant spray.
Many people will combine lemon juice with citronella oil and another repellent oil such as eucalyptus, lavender, mint or clove and spray around their homes and yards to protect from a mosquito invasion. This spray is eco-friendly and has a pleasant scent, so it's safe for children and pets while also being pleasant for guests.
These same oils can be carefully diluted and applied to skin or clothes for additional protection. Be sure to follow dilution directions closely because concentrated essential oils can be irritating to the skin.
Keep Your Lawn Mowed
Cutting your grass a bit shorter than usual is another way to minimize the chances of mosquitoes taking up residence in your yard. Since you're likely already mowing once a week or so, this is an easy way to add some extra mosquito protection.
Don't Let Mosquitoes Ruin Your Summer Fun
There are many great DIY options out there to help you keep the mosquitoes away from your family and party guests. However, if you're still having trouble keeping the pests away, don't hesitate to call the professionals. Contact Accel Pest and Termite Control today and we can help you eliminate your mosquito problem once and for all.