Mosquito season typically runs from March through October. We all know too well how easily summer fun can be disrupted by the presence of mosquitoes. Nothing can drive us indoors faster than these pesky bloodsuckers. These biting pests are not only a nuisance, they can also transmit dangerous diseases, like malaria, West Nile virus, heart-worms and Zika virus. So, while summer may be a time for vacations and outdoor gatherings, beware of the health risks caused by their bites in the coming summer months.
Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent mosquitoes from turning your backyard into their home. Here are some ways to mosquito-proof your backyard:
Eliminate Standing Water Around Your Home
Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitos, and eliminating standing water is one of the most important things you can do. Mosquitos do not need much water to lay there eggs, even a puddle the size of a thimble is a perfect place for mosquito larvae to thrive. Eliminate every source of standing water, wherever it occurs is one of the most important things you can do. Your yard can quickly and easily accumulate a good amount of still, stagnant water from watering your yard and plants, to torrential downpours.
Move Potted Plants Indoors
Speaking of Standing water – potted plants can also fill up with excess water, which is another perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Keep potted plants indoors during the muggy summer months.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
Clean gutters eliminate standing water, which means mosquitoes don’t have the water they need for their larvae to grow.
Grow Mosquito Repellent Plants.
The most common and popular mosquito-repelling garden plant is the marigold. Lavender is also a great option along with many common herbs such as rosemary and basil. Citronella grass is one of the easiest to maintain and can fill a garden area quickly.
Clean Up Your Yard
Excess leaves, unwanted debris, toys, buckets, wheelbarrows, and old tires can all become prime mosquito breeding ground. Store items when they are not in use, and discard leaves, debris and old tires.
Change Out Water in Birth Baths Twice Every Week.
Yes, even bird baths can quickly become a great place for mosquito larvae to thrive in. We recommend cleaning bird baths at least twice a week to prevent further mosquitos from making it a breeding ground.
Install An Automatic Mosquito Misting System
Beebe’s now supplies and installs MistAway Mosquito Misting System. A mosquito control system automatically sprays a very fine mist of botanical insecticide through a series of mosquito misting nozzles installed on your property. Once installed, the Mistaway system virtually disappears into your landscape. You won’t even know it’s there, and can be customized to fit your yard perfectly.
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Enjoy your summer and watch out for those mosquitoes! With a little forethought, you can enjoy your backyard and outdoor activities around your home to the fullest by making sure standing water on your property doesn’t become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.