Just the mention of the phrase is enough to make you feel itchy. Not only are they a nuisance, but they are also a significant concern for both your family and your pets. Mosquitoes carry many diseases including West Nile virus and malaria. That’s why many call it the deadliest creature on the planet. Luckily, it’s easy to prevent a problem or stop one in its tracks.
What Attracts Mosquitoes to My Home?
Knowing what lures these pests to your yard is the best way to start your action plan. Mosquitoes, like any pest, look for optimal habitat and a reliable food source. They find both things if there is standing water present. These insects rely on these sources. But you need to think out of the box for the best results.
It includes both the obvious ones like ponds including water features like a koi pool. It also means rainwater that may pool in bird baths, puddles in your driveway, or low areas in your yard. Mosquitoes are opportunistic, so any port in a storm will suffice. That applies to damp places such as shady parts of your property where the sun won’t evaporate the liquid such as:
- Stands of trees
- Dense grasses
- Shade gardens
There are certain times when the pests are on the hunt for a blood meal. Of course, dawn and dusk are the primary spans of activity. However, Asian tiger mosquitoes come out during the middle of the day.
It also depends on where you live. Warmer areas are more prone to blights. Areas with four seasons are fortunate in the sub-freezing temperatures will kill off the year’s batch. If you live near wetlands or marshes, you’ll likely have conditions that you can’t control directly. It’s essential to understand your heightened risk if you reside near these places.
Ways to Decrease the Mosquitoes in Your Backyard
The first thing you need to do is get rid of any standing water sources. If that’s not possible, consider other measures such as getting fish for your koi pond or putting mosquito dunks into sources like rain barrels. These products contain a bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis. It will kill the pests and get the situation under control in a safe and eco-friendly way.
Other approaches include keeping the shrubbery and vegetation around your yard neatly trimmed. It will cut down on the shade and remove a potential habitat. It is especially critical for the perimeter of your house to keep mosquitoes from getting inside and disrupting your sleep. The same precaution applies to your lawn too. Make sure to mow it regularly.
Insect Repellents and Deterrents to Keep Pests at Bay
Everyone wants to enjoy the yard. There’s no better way to enjoy a summer evening. There are several things you can do to make your space less inviting. A bug zapper placed away from living quarters will draw the mosquitoes away while taking care of them too. It’s an excellent alternative if you have small children or pets.
Another way you can get the upper hand is with aromatic plants. The effects vary with the species. Some to consider include peppermint, lavender, and lemon balm. A study published in Scientific Reports found that catnip or catmint reduced the number of mosquito landings by 95 percent.
Your Home Protection Plan
Calling in the professionals is a smart choice for persistent problems. The team of professionals at PermaKill Exterminating can help you with a year-round solution with our Home Protection Plan. Using integrated pest management (IPM), our certified technicians will treat your yard three times a year to control and prevent future issues with a myriad of pests including mosquitoes.
The health risks aren’t worth the potential harm these insects can cause. Prevention is the single best way to act. Don’t go another summer not enjoying your backyard. Contact us today to find the relief you need. We’re here to help with treatments that work, satisfaction guaranteed.