Summer has finally reached Stevens Point and along with that comes pesky mosquitoes! Whether you are in a new house and need to get some landscaping done or in a home you have lived in for years and want to spend time outside barbecuing, mosquitoes can be a huge deterrent! Are you looking for ways to keep these pests out of your yard? Keep reading for tips on enjoying your lawn with as few of these biters as possible!
The first step is prevention! Eliminate standing water by dumping out kiddie pools, dog bowls, plant saucers, tarps, etc on a regular basis. Mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to reproduce and the entire process only takes 7-10 days from the time the eggs are laid to them becoming adults. Trash and leaves should be thoroughly cleaned up from your yard regularly as they create a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Finally ensure that your gutters are cleared so water can run through them quickly. Spending a little time on these tasks throughout the summer will prove to be well worth the effort.
While you are landscaping, incorporate these plants as natural mosquito repellents: citronella, catnip, rosemary, marigolds, horsemint, ageratum. These plants are fairly easy to grow and give off a scent that repels mosquitoes. The effectiveness does depend on circumstances though such as the quantity and sometimes variety of the plant as well as the weather. If it is a breezy day and the wind is blowing a direction opposite of where the mosquitoes are flying from, these of course will not be as effective.
Mosquito traps as well as chemical sprays ar e another option. Mosquito traps typically use a propeller or vacuum to suck the bugs into the machine where they are then killed. These traps do work right away but it does take approximately a month to break the mosquito breeding cycle for a significant difference. Chemical sprays, whether done by the home owner or by a company are another way to reduce or eliminate the pests. There are several options available that range from having to retreat the yard every few weeks to commercial grade treatments that will last an entire summer. Toxicity, amount of yard to treat, as well as reviews of the product should all be considered before choosing a chemical treatment.
Finally, in combination with any of these techniques, using fans on your patio, wearing nets, and spraying repellant or essential oils on yourself or clothing while outdoors will allow for you to enjoy your time outdoors!