Keeping Mosquitos Away: 12 Tips and Tricks For A Bug-Free Summer

Don’t fight the bugs this summer.

Spring is in the air, and with it comes the promise of warmer weather, picnics, and barbecues. The warmer weather also brings with it an increase in mosquitoes, meaning it’s time to revisit your mosquito-repelling strategies from last summer. Keep reading to learn how to keep mosquitos away from your yard this summer.

Install a mosquito-repellent device

CO2 attracts mosquitos, so a natural way to keep them away is by creating a zone void of CO2. There are many mosquito-repelling devices that claim to work by using ultrasonic waves or heat to ward off the pesky insects, but there’s no scientific evidence proving these devices actually work.

One solution to keeping mosquitos away is installing an electric mosquito repellent device on your property. The device zaps the mosquitoes with an electric current that’s harmless to humans and pets but fatal to pests. The smell of burning citronella candles also repels mosquitoes, and you can use them as an added layer of protection.

Another solution for keeping mosquitos away is installing LED lights in your yard. LED lights attract nocturnal insects like moths and fireflies, which will keep those pests from coming near you when they’re out during the day.

Use citronella torches

You can keep mosquitos away with citronella torches. These torches emit a scent that smells like lemons and is unpleasant to the bugs. If you have one or two of these torches in your yard, it will help keep them away.

Add screens to your yard

One of the best ways to keep mosquitos away is by adding screens to your yard. This will help keep flying insects out of your yard. Screens are a brilliant investment because they not only keep pests out, but they also keep the bugs that you might want in your yard out while helping to create a comfortable environment inside your home or garden space.

Keep your yard well-watered

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so a water-saturated yard is one of the easiest ways to keep them away. Keep your lawn well-watered and try to collect runoff water from gutters and downspouts. You may need to add mulch or straw to soil around trees and shrubs to help absorb additional moisture.

Spray your yard with garlic spray

If you have a garden or fruit trees near your property, you may become bombarded with mosquitos attracted to the delicious produce. But there’s a simple solution to this problem: garlic spray!

Garlic is naturally very smelly, and mosquitoes hate it. They’ll go in search of less-potent smelling prey, like humans, instead. To make your own garlic spray all you need are 5 cloves of garlic and water. Put the garlic in a blender with about 2 cups of water for about 30 seconds until it forms a paste-like consistency. Then transfer it to a spray bottle and store it in the fridge for up to two weeks. You can use this mosquito repellent on yourself by spraying on clothing, or around your backyard yard by spraying plants and other surfaces with the mixture.

Fill your yard with lemongrass

Lemongrass is a natural mosquito repellant that’s been in use for centuries. Planting lemongrass in your yard, or around your patio or outside seating area, will ward off mosquitos. You can also purchase lemongrass plants at the store and fill a pot with it to place on your porch or patio. Lemongrass also has a pleasant smell that will make it an appealing addition to your landscaping.

Install a few pothole traps

Mosquitos lay their eggs in stagnant water, such as puddles and small ponds. To prevent them from breeding, you can place a few pothole traps around your yard. Pothole traps work by attracting mosquitos with a light source, then trapping them inside the trap.

Ditch the standing water

One of the most important steps to take in order to ensure mosquitos won’t invade your property is to eliminate standing water. Standing water is an easy target for mosquitos looking for a place to lay eggs and can lead to nasty infestations all over your yard. We should note that when we say “standing water,” we mean anybody of water that is left unflushed or undisturbed. This includes:

– Bird baths

– Dog bowls

– Ponds without fish

– Swimming pools without filters

– Any container with water (including a plant saucer or planter)

Larger bodies of standing water, like lakes and ponds, will require a different approach. You may need professional help if the body of water is too large or you don’t live on the property where the body of water lies. In these instances, it would be wise to contact your local mosquito control office for advice and possible help.

Conclusion

When summer comes, there’s no escaping the mosquitos. But you can make their stay in your yard as short as possible.

Here are 12 tips and tricks to keep mosquitos away:

– Install a mosquito-repellent device

– Use citronella torches

– Add screens to your yard

– Keep your yard well-watered

– Spray your yard with garlic spray

– Fill your yard with lemongrass

– Install a few pothole traps

– Ditch the standing water

– Plant mint or basil around your house

– Plant conifers or cypresses in and around your yard

– Use a bug zapper indoors

– Try to keep your house as cool as possible

– Change your clothes after being outdoors for an extended period

– Stay indoors in the evening hours when mosquitos are most active

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