There’s no denying that mosquitoes are one of the peskiest creatures in existence. Every summer around the country, mosquitoes invade yards and just about any place you can travel in the great outdoors. Follow these tips to take back your outdoor living space from this bloodthirsty insect.
Protect yourself. If mosquitoes are a constant presence in your yard, arm yourself with an insect repellent containing DEET. Mosquitoes intensely dislike the smell of this oily chemical, yet DEET is non-toxic to animals and humans. In addition, try to wear light-colored clothing and avoid colognes, perfumes and scented body products that may attract mosquitoes.
Treat standing water. For areas of standing water such as landscaping ponds, birdbaths and drainage ditches, add BTI granules to the water. BTI is a natural larvicide that kills mosquito larvae without harming humans, birds, pets or fish. Also inspect your yard for flower pots, old tires or even toys which may contain enough standing water for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
Go green. There are many natural methods to keep mosquitoes at bay. Citronella candles produce a strong scent that masks the smell of humans, as do plants including catnip, marigolds, lemon balm, lavender and peppermint. Using fans to keep air moving through outdoor living areas also discourages mosquitoes.
Check gutters. Mosquitoes need only an inch of water in which to lay their eggs and multiply, and clogged gutters are often an ideal location. Routinely clean this out-of-sight spot to avoid clogs that permit standing water. Consider installing a rain gutter guard like Gutter Helmet® to prevent leaves and debris from entering your gutters and creating the perfect water-logged location for mosquito families to grow.
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