Here in the Ocean State, we enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible before our very short summers come to an end. Because we only have a little over three months to enjoy the summer heat, it means we have to share our summers with bloodthirsty mosquitoes. So before you plan your outdoor gathering, take some of these tips to spare you and your guests from running inside when the swarms descend.
Check Your Gutters
Gutters are a major source of mosquitoes. Because we don’t see it, it is usually out of our minds. But a clogged gutter or a gutter that doesn’t drain properly can be a haven for mosquitoes to breed. Ensure you check your gutters at least once a year to make sure you aren’t enabling mosquitoes to reproduce on your property.
Eliminate Other Breeding Areas
Your gutters aren’t the only place in your yard where mosquitoes can breed. There are numerous everyday objects that you may not even realize could be mosquito nurseries. Most people don’t realize that mosquitoes don’t travel too far for blood. That means that the mosquitoes attacking you are probably coming from your yard or your neighbor’s yard, depending on how close you are. What this also means is that the power to control the mosquito population is in your hands. You just need to know where to look.
After it rains, take a stroll around your yard and check for anything that can hold standing water. Empty water from trash cans, flower pots, toys, lawn furniture, wheelbarrows, old tires, ditches, and birdbaths. Even a bottle cap filled with water is enough for mosquitoes to lay eggs in.
Keep Your Water Features Clean
Water features can pose a problem when dealing with mosquitoes. Luckily, you don’t have to eliminate your water features to win the war on mosquitoes. Here are some tips for dealing with various water features
- Keep swimming pools chlorinated
- Add fish to ponds to feed on mosquito eggs and larvae.
- Change out the water in your birdbath once a week.
- Use an agitator in water features to keep water in motion.
Go All Natural
If you can’t eliminate all the mosquito breeding areas in your yard, then the next best thing to do is make yourself less appetizing. As people become more conscious about their health and the environment, natural mosquito repellants are becoming more popular among young people. Not everyone can tolerate DEET on their skin and break out into allergic reactions. If you are looking for a more natural way to fend off the swarms of mosquitoes then check this list of herbs and oils that these pests hate.
- Lemon Balm
Make Your Own Mosquito Trap
Mosquito traps work by luring these pests to their doom, and all you need are a few household items in the proper proportions.
- Masking tape
- Box cutter
- Two-liter soda bottle
- Yeast (bait)
- Sugar (bait)
- Water (bait)
Making a mosquito trap is easy. Start by cutting the two-liter in half right where it starts to bulge. Then set the top half upside down inside the bottom half, so you have a funnel that leads into the bottom bottle. Combine the sugar, yeast, and water into the bottom and set the trap out on your deck or patio. Mosquitoes will be attracted to the smell of the yeast and sugar and go in for a drink, but they won’t get out.
Call The Mosquito Experts at 4everGreen
If you are having trouble dealing with mosquitoes in your yard this summer, then call the pros at 4everGreen. Our mosquito control program will eliminate all mosquitoes in your yard so you can enjoy the outdoors in peace.
To schedule an appointment or reach us for a consultation, you can find us here or by phone at 401-398-8850. We’re also on social media! You can find us on Facebook and learn more information about us.
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