Mosquitoes are more than just annoying pests. They are also nasty little things that sting, leaving their victim with itching bumps. They can also transmit diseases, such as West Nile virus. One of the best ways to keep the mosquitoes out of your yard is to be proactive. Following the tips in this article will help you to make your yard less attractive to mosquitoes and friendlier for you and your family.
Remove all stagnant water sources
Even a little bit of stagnant water can be like a calling card for mosquitoes. Go around your property and look for any puddles or even small amounts of water and remove them. Even a little water trapped in a soda cap can draw these pests to your yard. Also, make sure your rain gutters are clean so water isn't allowed to pool in them. You also want to keep your grass short since tall blades allow water to collect in the undergrowth.
Grow foliage mosquitoes don't like
There are certain plants that do a good job of repelling mosquitoes naturally. By planting these around your yard you will see less mosquitoes paying visits. Some natural repellents you should plant around your yard include lemongrass, citronella, catnip, marigolds and lemon balm.
Call out the bats
Bats are great for controlling the mosquito population around your property. While you won't want bats hanging around your porch you may want to consider having a bat house set up somewhere on your property. The bats will come out at night and gobble up those nasty little pests.
BBQ with sage
Mosquitoes can be a big problem when you are trying to enjoy a nice BBQ with friends and family. You can chase them off by burning some sage on your coals while you cook your food.
Spray garlic around the area
If you are going to be outside for a while, you can put a crushed clove of garlic and some water into a spray bottle and spray the area near you. Mosquitoes can't stand garlic and this is an easy way for you to make sure they don't come near you.
If you have tried all the above tips and you find you are still having a problem with mosquitoes in your yard, you should call out a professional pest control company (such as Bug Busters Inc). They can help you to reclaim your yard from those nasty little pests.