Ways to Protect Your Yard from Mosquitoes
When the weather is good, spending quality time with loved ones in your backyard can be true bliss.
Meanwhile, mosquitoes and other flying insects are also most active during warm and humid months, and if there are places for them to hide in your outdoor space, they will want to stick around.
Typically, mosquitoes thrive in warmer temperatures above 50°F (10°C) and in standing water, which serves as breeding sites for their larvae. To prevent mosquitoes from taking over your backyard, there are a variety of measures you can take to keep them at bay.
Clear Out Standing Water
Mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in standing water, so inspect your outdoor space for areas that might be easy for water to collect, such flower pots, gutters, pet bowls or containers. Clear them out and clean these spaces regularly to stop mosquito breeding.
Remember that mosquitoes spend the majority of their life cycle in water, so if there are pools of water in your backyard, they will keep coming back to breed.
Keep in mind that adult mosquitoes are able to leave the water. Female mosquitoes in particular need blood to support their eggs and can live up to six months. Their eggs can survive in colder weather.
Apart from standing water, mosquitoes love to hide among debris, shaded spots and scattered messes during daytime. Removing debris and keeping your outdoor space clean will reduce places for them to hide, and ensure the effectiveness of treatments as well.
Also consider trimming the grass, bushes and shrubs regularly, as mosquitoes and pests may seek refuge inside plants and vegetation.
A more powerful option is an automated misting system. These automated systems can mist your outdoor environment and make it more comfortable. Be sure to choose a misting system with a safer treatment solution that does not contain harmful chemicals like Deet or Malathion.
Reducing mosquito populations in your outdoor environment can be both time-consuming and challenging. By combining the mosquito treatment methods mentioned here and active prevention, you can greatly reduce the presence of pests and enjoy the outdoors.