Posted on: 30 July 2020Share
Mosquitoes can drive you indoors even when you want to enjoy these long summer days and warm nights. Scheduling an insecticide treatment can help drive these pests away, but you will also need to make some cultural changes to your yard to ensure the pests don't return.
Raise the Tree Canopy
Mosquitoes aren't the strongest fliers, so one way to keep them out of your yard is to increase air circulation. If you have a heavily treed lot, consider thinning out the crown of the trees and pruning off lower branches so that the canopy is higher. This allows more air to circulate under and through the branches, which will disrupt the mosquitoes in your yard.
Avoid Standing Water
Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Whether it's water sitting in a bucket, puddles collecting in toys or yard ornaments, or a water feature with minimal water movement, any standing water can lead to a mosquito infestation. Turn items that can collect water, like buckets, upside down when they aren't in use. use bubblers or fountain pumps in water features and birdbaths to discourage mosquito breeding. Check your yard daily for any areas that have puddles after a storm or irrigation.
Clean Up the Yard
Eradicating standing water won't eliminate all mosquitoes, since some prefer to breed in damp soil or debris. Make sure to cover all bare soil with a mulch that encourages quick drainage. Further, rake up and dispose of leaves, twigs, and other debris. Mow often and don't allow high grass or weedy areas to remain, since these areas can become quite damp and provide a good breeding ground for certain types of mosquitoes.
Grow Plants for Prevention
Certain plants help prevent mosquitoes from setting up shop in your yard. Garden plants like citronella, rosemary, and peppermint produce scents that drive mosquitoes away. You can plant these in your garden beds, or consider placing them in plants or border beds around patios and other outdoor entertaining areas.
Schedule a Treatment
A mosquito removal service will use a multi-pronged program to address mosquitoes. They may provide traps to help eliminate them in areas where they tend to congregate in the yard, such as under trees. Lawn and garden insecticides will destroy the mosquitoes where they feed and lay eggs. There are even treatments that can be placed in ponds and water features to destroy any eggs or larva.
Although these tips can minimize mosquitoes, they won't get rid of them completely. Contact a mosquito service today to schedule a lawn and garden treatment for mosquitoes.