Mosquitoes are annoying. They are small and adept at flying right up to you without you noticing. The best you can hope for is to hear their distinctive whine before they land. Of course, once they land on you they sink a special scoop into your skin and suck your blood.
It is worth noting that only female mosquitoes do this, they need the protein and iron in your blood for their eggs. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are more than just annoying, they carry an array of diseases, making them potentially deadly.
That’s why if you are faced with an infestation of them you should call the exterminators and have the issue dealt with. It can help to use the following techniques to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your yard and home.
You should note the best way to prevent mosquitoes is to prevent the population from exploding, dealing with an infestation is much more difficult.
- Regular Inspections
The first thing you should do is contact your local pest control specialist and have them visit your home. They will be happy to do an annual inspection and remove any issues. They may also be able to offer additional advice to eliminate the mosquito problem.
You can, and should, find out more about your local experts.
- Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water. While they need water to drink, standing water is actually where the females lay their eggs. By checking your home and yard and eliminating any source of standing water, you will help to keep the mosquitoes away.
- Keep Your Grass Short
While water is attractive, a damp environment is also a viable option for a mosquito. This means they are comfortable in any longer grass you have as this retains moisture and gives them a comfortable living spot.
To eliminate this risk you need to keep your grass cut short, this will deprive the mosquitoes of anywhere to live.
- Mosquito Repelling Plants
Mosquitoes are pretty tough but they don’t like certain plants. One of the biggest problems for mosquitoes is any citrus-based plant or lavender. ¨Plant these around your yard and near the entry points to your home. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
Fogging, the art of spraying your yard with a pesticide is not an environmentally friendly choice but it still has a place. This is especially true if you are trying to get on top of an infestation. It is best to get the professionals to do this as they have protective gear and know what they are doing.
The spray kills mosquitoes and it can be beneficial to do it at the beginning and end of the mosquito season. It will reduce the number of mosquitoes hassling you at home and even set you up for fewer intrusions the following year.
You can also use mosquito traps to kill mosquitoes but remember, the aim is to eliminate the issue and control the area, that is much easier to do than dealing with an influx of mosquitoes.