If you let them, these annoying insects will gladly join every backyard water fight with the family and ruin every outdoor party you host this summer. Rather than let these pesky creatures ruin everyone’s fun outdoors, learn how to discourage them from invading your yard. Once you know what draws them to your lawn, you’ll know how to keep them away.
Why Do Mosquitoes Like My Yard?
If your yard has puddles, bird baths, or any other kind of standing water, it’s an ideal place for mosquitoes to breed. Female mosquitoes are drawn to water and will lay their eggs in ponds, containers of water, floodwater in and around gutters, and on any other kind of standing water. Objects or areas that can hold as little as two tablespoons of water can become a breeding spot for mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes also like to hide. They love yards that have lots of trees and shrubbery, particularly when the foliage isn’t trimmed regularly. The more easily they can hide in your yard, the more they’ll camp out there.
What Dangers Do Mosquitoes Pose?
These insects aren’t just annoying, they’re dangerous. Mosquitoes can pose a danger to both your family and your pets. They can carry an array of harmful diseases, including the West Nile virus, Zika virus, LaCrosse Encephalitis (LACV), and St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE), all of which can be particularly dangerous for children and pregnant women.
There aren’t any vaccinations against these mosquito-borne diseases, so it is up to you to take preventative measures to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites throughout the summer. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard and protect your loved ones.
What Can I Do about Them?
The best way to prevent mosquito problems is to discourage mosquitoes from breeding in your yard. While they may never go away completely, at least they won’t be multiplying in your lawn.
To discourage mosquitoes from infiltrating your yard, try these tips:
- Clean gutters and downspouts regularly
- Regularly replace water in birdbaths, kiddie pools, fish ponds, or other outdoor containers with standing water
- Fill in any lower areas of your yard that collect water
- Trim your lawn and shrubbery often
- Keep your garden free of weeds
Mosquitoes tend to bite the most right before and after dark, as well as right before dawn. Staying indoors during these prime times is the surest way to prevent you, your family, and your guests from being bitten. If you do need to be outside when they are more active, protect yourself by wearing bright-colored clothes, tightly woven long sleeve tops, and long pants, and use a good insect repellant that contains DEET.
For areas that are more prone to mosquito invasions, such as in-ground pools or areas by a lake or pond, use mosquito-repellant lighting and mosquito nets to keep them at bay.
Unfortunately, you can take every precaution in the world, but mosquitoes still won’t disappear entirely. The most effective way to eliminate as many mosquitoes as possible from your yard is to use professional mosquito control services.
How Do Mosquito Control Services Work?
Mosquito sprays for your yard offer an added layer of protection against the mosquitoes that still come to your lawn, even after you’ve taken the necessary preventative steps. These sprays often target the vulnerabilities of adult mosquitoes, kill existing mosquito eggs, and prevent other mosquitoes from breeding.
While quite effective, these sprays limit the number of mosquitoes in your yard at the time, they cannot eradicate them completely. Since mosquitoes are regularly breeding, your yard needs to be sprayed regularly throughout the summer to consistently keep them under control.
If you’re planning a big outdoor event, time your next spray for a day or two before the event to ensure your yard is mostly, if not completely, mosquito-free.
Whoever sprays your yard should carefully evaluate it first to identify where your problem spots are. The main areas that always need spraying are those with trees and shrubbery and those near standing water.
Aerex Pest Control is proud to offer a mosquito control program customized to the specific needs of your yard. To learn more about how our mosquito spraying services can help your family enjoy the outdoors this summer and stay protected from mosquitoes, click here.