Although the new year has just begun, hope remains high for warm weather’s return so you're able to use your outdoor living space for entertaining once again. And if you're anything like most American homeowners, you'll want to get the most you can out of this part of your property. Mosquitoes have long been one of the pests that we dread encountering in our region, and no one wants to reduce their guest’s enjoyment of an annual cookout or swim party because of a mosquito swarm in the yard.
So how can you keep mosquitoes from ruining the festivities? Keep these tips in mind and you'll be able to tell them to buzz off for good.
Get Rid of Standing Water
Mosquitoes are naturally drawn to the water and reproduce in it. If you have standing water on your property – even a very small amount – it's likely going to be a breeding ground for these unwelcome insects. Be sure to empty out wheelbarrows, flower pots, garbage totes, gutters and children’s toys that can easily collect rainwater. Take care of this task quickly after each storm, as it won't take long for mosquitoes to find their way there and multiply. If you keep up with this maintenance, you can start reducing the mosquito population in your environs and shouldn't have to be too worried about the comfort of your human guests. Those with persistent drainage problems such as excess runoff near the home and planting beds or noticeable standing water may require a professional, long-lasting solution.
Keep Lawns, Trees, and Shrubs Trimmed
Collectively, front and back lawns in the U.S. contain almost 21 million acres of grass. While having a lush lawn is part of the American Dream, you'll want to be careful not to let yours get too overgrown. Since mosquitoes like shady, cooler spots, tall grass will automatically be more appealing. Furthermore, an overgrown lawn looks unkempt and unsightly! You can aid mosquito population reduction by mowing your lawn regularly, filling in uneven terrain and trimming back tree limbs or unwieldy brush. Pay special attention to dense shrubbery, as mosquitoes use those as “landing pads” during the hottest part of the day, and then scout for a meal - which could be your family, your guests or your pets without proper prevention or treatment.
Use Repellant and Citronella
Of course, you can supplement these efforts by purchasing some items that will repel these pesky creatures. Repellents that contain DEET and citronella candles should be a mainstay at any outdoor get-together. Even if you haven't been able to noticeably achieve mosquito population reduction, you'll still be at least moderately successful at preventing bites if you're armed with these items. Keep in mind that some products are more effective than others, so conduct a bit of testing on your own before your friends or family come over.
Hire Mosquito Control Services
Fortunately, you don't have to attempt major mosquito population reduction methods on your own. Mosquito control programs like ours will help you identify the problem areas on your property and administer safer treatments to get rid of mosquitoes without bringing undue harm to other helpful wildlife. Rather than mess with the ecosystem on your own and potentially achieve lackluster results, leave it to the professionals to obtain better peace of mind. Our Integrated Pest Management-based approach delivers immediate reduction and long-term population suppression and control while minimizing as much as possible overall environmental impact.
It's never too early to start planning for mosquito season and outdoor pest management. For more information on how you can reduce and control these insect populations on your property, please contact us today.