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How To Control Mosquitoes In Your Backyard

Female mosquitoes can live for a few weeks or months and thrive on blood. They lay their eggs in damp soil or stagnant water. This means that if you don't control the mosquito population in your backyard, you'll always have a problem. You can have all the mosquito repellants and coils you want, but if you don't control their breeding, they'll always come back to your living quarters. 

What are the most effective mosquito control measures for your backyard?

Eliminate Stagnant Water

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water; therefore, you can control their populations if you eliminate their breeding grounds. Start by looking for any signs of stagnant water, including your gutters and garbage cans. 

The only place you don't need to worry about is your swimming pool because it has chlorinated water. Any other location with standing water should be cleared. Also, check your lawn for areas that take longer to drain. 

Grow Insect-Repellent Plants

Consider adding more plants to your backyard, but instead of the usual flower and vegetables, grow insect-repellent plants. These are plants like marigolds, mint, rosemary, basil, lemon balm, and garlic. Use these plants and herbs to repel mosquitoes. You can also grow catnip plants to repel mosquitoes and create a cat-friendly garden. 

Trim Your Lawn

Take care of your landscape to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds. As mentioned earlier, mosquitoes love damp areas; thus, if you have tall grass and bushy areas, it will provide the perfect cover. These bushy areas will limit the amount of sunlight hitting the ground. This means that it will take longer for such areas to dry out, which creates the perfect environment for the mosquitoes to thrive. 

Empty and Change Water in Fountains and Bird Baths 

Areas such as birdbaths, wading pools, and fountains are often overlooked when controlling mosquitoes. These areas have water, and if left unattended for days or weeks, they can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Therefore, empty and change the water in these areas at least weekly. 

Spray Your Backyard 

If you're struggling to control the mosquitoes with DIY methods, consider using mosquito repellents. However, hire mosquito control services to spray your landscape. Most of the repellents used are best handled and applied by professionals. 

Also, the pest control company can inspect your property and recommend an effective mosquito management plan. This ensures that you get a long-term solution that doesn't affect other beneficial insects such as bees. Keep in mind that using only one mosquito control measure won't be effective. You'll need to embrace a multi-faceted approach. 

Contact a pest control company to learn more.