Mosquitoes are pesky, biting insects that show up as warmer weather arrives. Mosquitoes breed in late spring and all through the summer. These insects are harmful because they can carry diseases and they bite people and animals. To help prevent mosquito bites, take these steps to keep mosquitoes off your property.
1. Keep Mosquitoes Off Your Property With Repellent Plants
Plant your garden with mosquito-repellent plants. Citronella is easy to grow and helps keep the mosquitoes at bay. If you plant this and other mosquito deterrents around your yard, it will reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property.
2. Watch for Stagnant Water
Stagnant water is often beneath flower pots, inside open garbage cans, in kiddie pools, buckets, and puddles. Mosquitoes only breed in fresh water, so chlorinated pools won’t be an issue, but fountains and other water features can be.
Remove the water from areas in the yard where puddles form and add a mosquito larvae killer to your fountains and ponds.
3. Burn Citronella Candles
Citronella candles are popular for controlling mosquitoes. They double as additional lighting outdoors since the candles also offer ambiance to the area. Place the candles within a foot and a half of each other in order to help keep mosquitoes off your property.
4. Use Tiki Torches With Mosquito Repellent
Another option is to use tiki torches around your yard and your patio. You can purchase mosquito repellent tiki fuel to burn inside the canisters. This adds lighting to your space, creates a pleasant atmosphere, and keeps mosquitoes away.
5. Clean Out Your Gutters Regularly to Keep Mosquitoes Away
Your gutters can be the perfect place for mosquitoes to breed if they are not properly maintained. Mosquitoes love stagnant water that sits in blocked or poorly draining gutters. Clean your gutters at least twice yearly to help keep water flowing and mosquitoes to a minimum.
6. Have Your Property Sprayed for Mosquitoes
There are chemical treatments for use outdoors that will help keep mosquitoes off your property. Hire a professional to spray your yard and around the perimeter of your home.