Mosquitos are among the most annoying pests by far. Their buzzing around your ears is enough to completely distract you from whatever you’re doing. Sometimes, you won’t even notice when they’re sucking on your blood, causing you an endless itch that lasts all summer long. And if that wasn’t bad enough, mosquitos are carriers of countless diseases.
Dealing with one mosquito is annoying enough, but it’s even worse when there’s a swarm of them, particularly in the summertime when mosquito season is at it’s height. And so, here are five ways you can get rid of mosquitos in your home and yard this summer.
- Natural remedies
Simple, natural methods are always a good starting point when you want to keep mosquitos away. Some great examples of natural remedies that you can try are essential oils, with some notable mosquito-repelling ones being basil, citronella, peppermint and lemongrass (MosquitoSquad.com). Depending on which smell you prefer (and aren’t allergic to), you can apply these oils on your skin to keep mosquitos away. Additionally, some soaps leave you with a smell that repels these annoying pests away.
However, if you don’t want to be applying these remedies on your body, you also have the option of getting oil diffusers. Keeping them laid out around your home and yard helps to repel mosquitoes at all times of the day. You can add a fan for good measure as it constantly spreads essential oils further and makes it even harder for mosquitoes to fly around.
- Make sure to use screens/fix any holes
If you’re eager for a simpler method in keeping mosquitos out, your best option is to screen your home with mosquito netting. If you like to sleep with the windows open to let the cool breeze come in during the summer, all the windows must be covered up with window screens to serve as a mosquito barrier. Screen doors for your front and back doors are also a great investment for mosquito protection.
You may already have screened throughout your home, if you’re still finding mosquitos around, you should be regularly checking them for any holes or flaws around the edges. Even the smallest opening could allow countless mosquitos to enter your home.
- Maintain your lawn
Mowing the lawn is an annoying and tedious chore that can hurt your back. But it’s not only good for your grass — you are also providing a less favourable environment for mosquitoes. The insects favour cooler spots in the shade according to entomologist Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann.
Besides, a well-maintained and trimmed lawn allows for more sunlight which in turn dries up any wet or damp spots you may have missed. Any kind of dry environment makes it much harder for mosquitos to thrive. Which leads us to our next tip…
- Remove any standing or stagnant water
Did you know that standing or stagnant water is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes? Even a small cup of water is enough space for thousands of mosquito eggs to be produced. So it’s all the more important that you make sure there’s no standing or stagnant water anywhere, whether it’s in a bird feeder, gutters, toys or tools left out in the yard. Be sure to mind any standing water sources in your kitchen, they can easily be a breeding ground for mosquitos as well.
Doing this will not only prevent mosquitoes from potentially breeding in your home, but will prevent many other water-reliant pests from growing in numbers as well. Not to mention, it will help keep your home nice and clean.
- Hire the professionals
Of course, if none of these work or you just prefer to have the professionals handle the situation, you can always call us here at Provincial Pest Control. Our team of experts will inspect your home, identify and eliminate breeding spots, set traps, help with overall mosquito prevention and deal with any other pests roaming around in your home.