Warmer weather and longer days encourage people to spend more time outdoors. However, lounging on the backyard deck or patio sometimes comes with bothersome insects. Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, but they also pose real health risks to your family. Use these eight simple tips to repel mosquitoes and enjoy your backyard again.
Use Screens to Repel Mosquitoes
Installing screens on your deck is a great way to avoid mosquitos. Enclose the porch or patio with screening to keep insects out of the area. You can also set up a pop-up tent in the backyard and hang bug netting around the tent to make a space mosquito-free
Maintain the Lawn
Tall grass, leaf piles, and shrubbery are places where mosquitoes hide. Clear your yard of lawn debris and regularly cut tall grass to eliminate areas where insects nest.
Repel Mosquitoes by Eliminating Standing Water
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water. Flower pots, buckets, kids’ toys, and other outdoor yard items may hold water that’s perfect for mosquitoes. Check the yard for places water can pool, and regularly clean your gutters to prevent mosquitoes.
Apply Insect Repellent
Personal insect repellent keeps mosquitoes away and helps prevent bites. While uncommon, it is possible to get a virus or disease from a mosquito bite. Apply bug spray before going outdoors to repel mosquitoes and avoid bug bites.
Use Torches, Candles, and Fires to Repel Mosquitoes
Smoke and the byproducts of burning wax are unpleasant to mosquitoes. Use candles, anti-mosquito torches, and incense. Citronella-scented paraffin torches are one example of an inexpensive product designed to repel mosquitoes. Bonfires and fire pits also keep insects, including mosquitoes, away.
Plant Natural Repellents
Many different plants and flowers naturally repel mosquitoes. Some examples are citronella, marigold, bee balm, lemon, and peppermint. Plant these in flower beds or hanging baskets on your porch to prevent these annoying insects from invading your outdoor spaces.
Work with Neighbors to Repel Mosquitoes
Even with a well-kept lawn, it is possible to have mosquitoes on your property from neighbors who do not take necessary precautions. Meet with your neighbors to discuss the best ways to ward off mosquitoes.
Call an Exterminator
Your local pest control specialists can also help with a solution to keep mosquitoes off your property. They know the best ways to get rid of insects and will provide different options to meet your needs.
Enjoy backyard barbecues and pool parties again by using these tips to prevent mosquitoes and repel them from your property.