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Have you ever been out enjoying a perfect summer evening when suddenly you feel a sharp bite? I’m sure you can relate to having an evening ruined by mosquitoes. These pesky bugs are known to come out at dusk and leave us with itchy bites that last for days.
While you can’t eliminate mosquitoes from your yard completely, there are certain steps you can take to minimize the amount in your backyard. If you’re ready to enjoy a summer night without worrying about bug bites, here’s a guide to how you can reduce mosquitoes in your backyard?
Big mosquito problems call for the help of a pro. Contact a pest control contractor today for quotes from pros in your area for free.
What Attracts Mosquitoes To The Yard?
If you want to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your backyard, you must first try to better understand what attracts them to your yard in the first place. Bill Hastings, branch manager at Rose Pest Control, said that mosquitoes are attracted to food, such as plants and flowers, the CO2 emitted from people, water and shady habitat.
“Some species of mosquitoes can fly up to 20 miles from where they were hatched. Most usually have a range of 1 to 5 miles, making it very difficult to determine where they're coming from,” Hastings said.
Mosquitoes can’t be eliminated, but there are certain things you can do to reduce the number of mosquitoes you encounter in your backyard. Here are a few ideas:
- Get Rid of Standing Water
- Cut Your Grass
- Use Citronella Candles
- Clean Your Gutters
- Treat Your Yard
Of course, one of the first steps is learning what you can do if you must be outside. Bug spray can be helpful and citronella candles can be helpful as well.
“Altering the time in which you are outdoors can really be a benefit since mosquitoes that bite us usually do so in the early morning or right around dusk and into the night,” Hastings said. “They prefer cooler temperatures and avoid the heat. For the
1. Get Rid Of Standing Water
Having standing water anywhere in your yard will attract mosquitoes. This is because mosquitoes lay eggs in water, so even the smallest amount can be a breeding ground for more bugs.
“The single most important thing a homeowner can do to help reduce mosquitoes is to remove mosquito breeding sites," Hastings said. “Any standing water should be removed. Anything that catches rainwater should be emptied at least twice a week.”
Items like kiddie pools and birdbaths should be dumped when not in use. Keeping your pool clean is essential to keeping mosquitoes away, as they can’t stand the chemicals. But, you may want to also invest in a pool cover as an extra precaution. The average cost of a swimming pool cover is $779, with most homeowners spending between $506 and $867.
2. Cut Your Grass
Another way mosquitoes are attracted to your yard is if your grass is not maintained. Hastings advises that vegetation should be cut low and tree limbs at a height above your head. This is because mosquitoes can rest in tall grass and weeds, making it easy for them to bite if you’re also relaxing nearby.
If you’ve run out of time this summer to take care of regular lawn maintenance tasks, a landscaping pro can help. They can help maintain your lawn to make sure the grass does not get overgrown. The average cost to maintain a lawn is $226, with most homeowners spending between $127 and $237.
3. Use Bug-Repelling Herbs
Did you know that the herbs you plant in your garden can help to keep mosquitoes away? It’s a great idea to plant around ponds and water features as well. Here is a list of herbs that deter mosquitoes:
4. Clean Your Gutters
A gutter that hasn’t been cleaned not only can hold standing water, allowing mosquitoes to breed, but also debris where they can hide. Hastings advises homeowners pay attention to their gutters if they want to reduce mosquitoes in their yard.
“A big item most people forget about is their rain gutters,” he said. “It’s important that these get cleaned out every year before mosquito season to ensure that they are not clogged and the water flows freely out of them. The best thing is to have them professionally covered or replaced so that the homeowner doesn’t have to risk climbing a ladder every year to clean them out.”
If you plan on cleaning out your gutter yourself, read How To Clean Your Gutter for more tips.
5. Treat Your Yard
To see real results in reducing mosquitoes in your yard, you’ll want to try a pesticide treatment. Some homeowners stay away from this option because of the chemicals in your yard. It can be a big concern for the environment or if you have pets that spend time in the backyard. Often, a pro will know best how to accommodate your needs with the most environmentally-friendly option available.
The first step is to contact a professional who can help evaluate your yard and what you’ll need. You may be surprised to know there are a few treatments for mosquito control.
“Generally, this will require a site survey to see what conducive conditions are present that are contributing to the mosquito population and then design a treatment technique that is tailored to the specific conditions of that location,” Hastings said. “Some of the techniques include Larval Control; this is used when there is a pond nearby that has standing water. A product is placed in the water that destroys the larva of the mosquito before they can hatch.”
If your pest control pro also suggests pesticides around your home’s perimeter, you may have the option of synthetic or botanical solutions.
“The thing to remember when having a pesticide application is that if you require a green approach, the number of times it has to be applied will vary meaning more visits with additional
To help you budget for your pest control service, the average cost to hire an insect control service is around $211.
Say goodbye to swatting away the mosquitoes at night. With a few of these helpful tips, you can successfully reduce mosquitoes in your backyard and enjoy the benefits.
Looking for more pest control tips? Read Keeping Your Yard Pest Free.