As the warm weather of spring approaches, so does the dreaded mosquito season. These pesky insects can ruin outdoor activities and pose health risks through the transmission of diseases like West Nile virus and Zika virus. To help you enjoy your yard without the constant annoyance of mosquitoes, we've compiled the ultimate guide to mosquito-proofing your yard this spring.
1. Eliminate Standing Water
One of the most effective ways to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your yard is to eliminate standing water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, so removing these sources can greatly reduce their populations.
Here are some common areas to check for standing water:
- Plant saucers
- Old tires
- Children's toys
- Gutters and downspouts
- Puddles and low-lying areas
Be sure to drain any standing water and keep these areas clean and dry. For areas where water is necessary, such as birdbaths, consider using an eco-friendly mosquito control product that won't harm any birds.
2. Utilize Natural Mosquito Repellents
There are several plants that are known for their mosquito-repelling properties. Incorporating these plants into your landscaping can help deter mosquitoes from your yard.
Some popular mosquito-repellent plants include:
Keep in mind that these plants alone may not be enough to completely rid your yard of mosquitoes, but they can be a helpful addition to your mosquito control efforts.
3. Install & Maintain Screens
One of the simplest ways to keep mosquitoes out of your home is to install and maintain screens on windows and doors. Be sure to check for holes or tears in your screens and repair them as necessary. If you have an outdoor living space, consider adding a screened enclosure to protect against mosquitoes and other pests.
4. Use Fans & Mosquito Traps
Mosquitoes are weak fliers, so using fans to create a breeze in your outdoor living areas can help keep them at bay. In addition, there are various mosquito traps available on the market that use CO2, heat, or other attractants to lure and trap mosquitoes. These traps can be an effective way to reduce mosquito populations in your yard, but they should be used in conjunction with other mosquito control methods for the best results.
5. Professional Mosquito Control
For the most effective mosquito control, consider hiring a professional landscaping company like Perm-O-Green to treat your yard. Our mosquito control services utilize industry-leading techniques and products to help you enjoy a mosquito-free yard all season long. Our team of experts will assess your property, identify problem areas, and develop a customized treatment plan to keep mosquitoes at bay.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to mosquito control, but by combining the methods listed above, you can significantly reduce the mosquito population in your yard and enjoy the outdoors without the constant annoyance of these pests. Don't let mosquitoes ruin your spring and summer fun. Contact Perm-O-Green today at (800) 903-1460 to schedule your mosquito control services and take back your yard!