Saturday, October 15, 2016

5 Tips for Banishing Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they can be a legitimate health hazard when they carry viruses and diseases into your backyard. It's in the best interests of you, your family and your pets to get rid of mosquitoes as soon as you can. Here are just five ways to make it happen.

1. Eliminate Standing Water
Stagnant water is the preferred breeding ground of mosquitoes, so the first step of mosquito control is to get rid of any water or liquid-holding containers in your backyard. Cover up the bird baths; empty out the flowerpots and wheelbarrows; fix the leaky hose that creates puddles. Make your backyard a desert so that mosquitoes have nowhere to go.

2. Clean Up
Not only are messes more likely to attract mosquitoes in general, but they'll also provide camouflage as they land and breed. The easiest way to eliminate mosquitoes is to kill them on sight, and you can't do that if you can't see them. Make a habit of cleaning out your gutters and trash-bagging your leaf piles.

3. Use Lavender

Mosquitoes aren't fond of the smell of lavender, so while this measure won't kill them, it will make your home a less attractive place for them to land. Both the plant and the oil will do the trick, so if you can't plant real lavender in your garden, sprinkle lavender oil around your doors and windows.

4. Start a Garden
Speaking of gardens, now is the time to start digging. You won't need an elaborate greenhouse to discourage mosquitoes; all you have to do is plant a few particular flowers like citronella and marigolds. Once you have their scents spreading throughout your backyard, the mosquitoes will take one sniff and turn right back around.

5. Water Tablets
Mosquito tablets can be dropped into any amount of standing water to poison it against larvae development. Best of all, the water will remain safe for humans and plants, so you won't have to worry about your kids accidentally making contact with it. If the local mosquito population has gotten out of control, use mosquito water tablets to curb their numbers. 

These are just a few ways to eliminate mosquitoes from your house and yard. Remember, this is about more than bug bites and itchiness; it's about protecting your family from disease. Use these tips to become mosquito-free for good.

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