When it comes to pest control, mosquitoes are public enemy number one. No one knows where they came from or what their problem is, but one thing is clear, they need to go. Mosquitoes are annoying pests that can quickly ruin a peaceful night outside or buzz in your ear as you’re trying to fall asleep. This blog post takes a look at five different natural pest control techniques you can use to reduce the amount of mosquitoes around your home.
1. Outfit Your Windows & Doors With Fine Mesh
If you haven’t done so recently, equipping your windows and doors with a new mesh screen is an excellent way to keep bugs under control. Mesh screens allow you to get fresh air into your home without letting in tons of unwanted guests. Look for screens which are bug tight which is about 18×18 strands per inch. Over time, mesh screens develop holes which give bugs a way to get in your home. Double check that all your windows are properly equipped with screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
2. Eliminate Sources Of Standing Watering In Your Backyard
Mosquitoes love standing water. It’s where they lay their eggs and raise their children. Without water, mosquitoes simply can’t reproduce. The first thing mosquitoes do after feasting on your blood is look for a source of water to lay their eggs. Eliminating all sources of water from your backyard will prevent misquotes from thinking it’s a good place to make a home.
Even a tiny bottle cap full of water is enough for mosquitoes to lay eggs. If you have a birdbath, make sure you regularly change the water. You also need to make sure your pet dishes and other outdoor ornaments aren’t collecting water when it rains. Eliminating sources of water is an essential step to making your backyard less attractive to mosquitoes.
3. Spray Down Your Backyard And Setup Traps The Night Before
Most people use bug spray just before they’re ready to go outside, but taking a more preventative approach may be better. Try spraying down your lawn and setting up mosquito traps the night before you entertain outside. You’ll notice mosquitoes are less willing to return to the area after a good spray down.
4. Use Rosemary Smoke To Chase Away Mosquitoes
Not only is rosemary a delightful addition to any barbecue meal, but it’s also an excellent way to keep mosquitoes away. Rosemary contains potent essential oils that drive away mosquitoes. Even spraying rosemary essential oil is enough to ward off mosquitoes. You can also mix rosemary essential oil with olive oil and apply to your skin as needed as a natural repellant. If you’re cooking on the barbecue or starting a bonfire, burn some rosemary to keep the mosquitoes under control.
5. Keep Your Yard Well Maintained
When they aren’t looking for blood, mosquitoes are feeding on plant nectar, which they find in tall grasses and different shrubs. Mosquitoes also look for shaded areas when it’s hot out to avoid burning up. Regularly maintaining your yard reduces the amount of places there are for mosquitoes to hide. Regularly mowing your lawn and keeping your shrubs under control limits where mosquitoes can hide in your backyard.
By following the tips in this blog post, you won’t have to rely on mosquito repellant all the time. Remember that eliminating all sources of water from your backyard is a crucial step to getting to the root of your mosquito problem. If you have an unusually severe mosquito problem, it’s important to consult a pest control professional. They’ll help you find the best way to deal with mosquitoes and take back control of your backyard.