Mosquitoes are probably the most notorious summertime pest. Their bites are not only itchy and inconvenient, but can also transmit a large number of diseases. Malaria, Chikungunya, heartworm for dogs, dengue, yellow fever, multiple types of encephalitis, West Nile Virus, and Zika are all transmitted by mosquitoes. In fact, some people suggest that mosquitoes have been responsible for more human deaths than any other animal! Therefore, controlling mosquitoes in your yard is not just about convenience, but can actually a health issue. Here are some easy DIY steps you can take to help keep mosquitoes out of your yard:
- Get rid of standing water. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so they are attracted to it. Check your yard for anything that could hold water after a rainstorm and remove it, and take steps to remedy any low spots that result in standing water after a storm.
- Use plants in your landscape that are known to deter mosquitoes, such as citronella.
- Use an effective mosquito repellent when you are outside. Effective repellants include: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, lemon oil, or eucalyptus oil.
- Use a backyard pretreating spray, the day before you host any large outdoor event.
- Use pet-safe mosquito-repelling pellets.
- Wear long sleeves, pants, and cover your feet when you go outside to keep mosquitos from having places to eat.
- Dine indoors; mosquitos are attracted to people and to the food you are eating.
- Use netting or screens to create bug-free outdoor areas, especially any areas where guests will be eating.
- Use citronella, geraniol, or other repellant candles, lanterns, or torches to keep away mosquitos.
Of course, the best way to keep mosquitoes out of your yard is to use a professional pest control company to handle your mosquito problem.