Have you ever attended an outdoor summer event, like a wedding or a birthday celebration, and ended up covered in mosquito bites? Were you constantly shooing them away? We’re certain you have had this experience before.
Doesn’t seem like a good time, does it? However, there is one positive side to this awful experience: you now understand how necessary it is to find a way to keep mosquitoes from taking over your next outdoor event.
Mosquitoes are one of the main things that can keep you from enjoying your outdoor event. They can swarm in your yard and turn the whole thing into a nightmare. Here are a couple of tips you can do in your yard or around your home to help lessen mosquito problems.
Grow an Aromatic Garden
Lemon balm, basil, mint, rosemary, catnip, marigold, and lavender are examples of plants that repel mosquitoes. Plant them generously in your garden, particularly around areas where people will be gathering. Brush or touch the leaves of the plants as you walk by. The oils are released into the air and onto your skin as you do this.
Get Rid of Any Standing Water
Mosquito eggs are laid in standing water. If you have a consistent mosquito problem, check for breeding places such as bird baths that need to be replenished, clogged gutters, and even puddles of rainwater that take several days to dry. To keep a small force of party poopers from visiting your next event, empty or drain standing water on a regular basis.
Maintain a Clean Yard
Adult mosquitoes can grow and live in overgrown plants and debris in the garden. Maintain your yard on a regular basis, and you’ll be spoiling the mosquitoes’ party instead.
Old candle wax, citronella oil, and soup cans are all you need to make citronella candles. If you don’t like the strong scent of citronella on its own, click here for these homemade DIY mosquito repellent candles which can be a safe and creative way to deter mosquitoes and other bugs.
Breeze it up!
Mosquitoes are especially drawn to body scents and the carbon dioxide we produce when we breathe. They allow mosquitoes to hone in on us, which is when the biting begins. Dissipating these apparent human signs makes us more difficult to find. Set fans on the ground and turn them on immediately before your visitors arrive to break up the fragrance patterns.
Bring a fan outside on warm evenings and point it toward the event. You might even want to think about getting a waterproof outdoor fan designed exclusively for use in the outdoors. If you have a covered porch or deck, you might want to consider installing a ceiling fan above it. The air will cool you down while also driving away unwanted mosquitoes
Hire a Professional
Contact a professional to examine hidden locations such as gutters and other areas where water might pool and create a mosquito breeding ground. Professionals are great since they are aware of hidden areas where mosquitoes might reproduce or hide.
They can also treat these pests to get rid of them and prevent them from growing in your yard. They will be able to provide traditional and alternative treatment solutions. For a long term solution, the experts at MosquitoNix® can design and install a custom, automated misting system that will treat your yard regularly keeping your yard mosquito and hassle free.
You’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor space whenever you want.
If you need help in eliminating these pesky biting insects from your yard, our North & South Austin Teams here at MosquitoNix® are here to help!