4 Tips For Dealing With A Mosquito Infestation In Your Backyard

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In addition to causing itchy and painful bites, mosquitoes can also carry diseases, so if you have a mosquito infestation in your backyard, it is important to take the proper steps to get rid of them. In most cases, being proactive can greatly reduce or even eliminate the amount of mosquitoes in your backyard so you can enjoy your outdoor living space. Use the following tips if you have a mosquito infestation.

Get Rid of Standing Water

Water is absolutely essential for mosquito reproduction. Female mosquitoes lay eggs in water, and after they hatch, the larvae continue to live in the water as they develop into pupae. After this life phase the mosquitoes take flight. So if you have a lot of mosquitoes in your yard, there is a good chance that they were born and bred there.

Closely inspect your yard and empty any standing water in rain gutters, wheel barrows, watering cans, bird baths, and children's pools or sandboxes. If you have a pond, water garden, fountain, or a pool, visit a home and garden center to purchase non-toxic additives that can be added to the water to keep the mosquito eggs from hatching.

Do Some Yard Work

During the heat of the afternoon, mosquitoes tend to seek shade and moisture from overgrown vegetation. You can take away the mosquito hiding places in your yard by ensuring that your grass is kept short and that bushes and shrubs are regularly trimmed. 

Landscape with Plants that Naturally Repel Mosquitoes

If your yard has a mosquito infestation, consider doing some landscaping and adding some plants that naturally repel mosquitoes and keep them out of the area. There are many plants that are known to act as mosquito repellents. Some of the most common include: citronella, horsemint, marigolds, lemon thyme, ageratum, and catnip. Spread these plants around the perimeter of your yard and patio to help get rid of the mosquitoes in the area.

Contact a Pest Control Company

When you have a serious mosquito infestation that doesn't respond to anything else, it is in your best interest to contact a pest control company to assist you. An experienced pest control technician will be able to carefully inspect your yard and then apply insecticide to vegetation where mosquitoes are found. A pest control technician may also use insect growth inhibitors that halt mosquito development. With a comprehensive approach, a pest control company should be able to eliminate your mosquito problem.


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Lawn Care Maintenance: A Year Round Effort

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