Keeping the mosquitos under control in your backyard increases the enjoyment of the outdoors. Without a screened-in area, the bugs can send you back inside in a hurry if you haven’t prepared your yard to handle them. Mosquitos can also spread dangerous diseases to you and your family, so it’s best to keep them away from your yard. Here are some ways to do it.
Plant Mosquito Repellant Plants
Certain plants have the ability to increase midge and mosquito control Sarasota County FL when added to the perimeter of your outdoor entertainment space. Some beautiful plants that keep the mosquitos at bay are marigolds, lavender, citronella, peppermint and rosemary.
Mosquitos can use decaying matter and damp soil as breeding grounds. To prevent this, remove old logs, leaves and branches from your yard and gutters. Trim back the trees and bushes to remove dead areas and add more light to the environment.
Eliminate Standing Water
Many mosquitos lay their eggs in still water and it only takes one week for the eggs to hatch. Prevent the buildup of water in your yard by making sure your gutters are draining properly, you empty out any items that have collected rain water and fix low spots in your yard that have poor drainage.
If there are areas of standing water around your property that you can’t get rid of, sprinkle coffee grounds in those spots. The coffee repels the mosquitos from the water-filled areas and prevents a large population from growing.
Grass taller than five inches can increase the likelihood of mosquitos in your yard. They like to hide in tall grass to eat, lay eggs and breed.
Controlling mosquitos prevents diseases and keeps you comfortable when you want to be outside. Use all of the prevention techniques you can and then light citronella candles to increase your protection when you’re entertaining.