Mosquitoes are known to be the annoying pests of summertime, but they can still be around in early fall before winter begins. You might be surprised to find out that mosquitoes will still be buzzing around during this time, so make sure you are prepared for them, even if it isn’t summer.
As the weather cools down, people gather outside for bonfires and football games. However, mosquitoes can still be buzzing around creating a nuisance in these cooler temperatures. You might think wearing pants and long sleeves to be sufficient for mosquito prevention, but there are several other ways you can keep them from coming near.
Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in any standing water around your property. This includes small puddles of water, or water collected on objects you might not have considered to check before. This could be a puddle of water that has remained in your yard from the last rainfall, or even extra water collecting in your gutters or water drainage systems. The day after a rainfall, make sure to survey your yard and drain or remove any standing water. Some places to check for standing water are:
- Outdoor pet bowls
- Drainage systems
- Children’s’ outdoor toys or jungle gym equipment
- Empty plant pots
Citronella plants produce a natural oil that repels mosquitoes. This oil can be applied to your skin for extra protection, but the oil can also be made into candles. Lighting these candles on your porch, deck, or outside area will help mosquito prevention by deterring mosquitoes from entering the area altogether. Since mosquitoes are deterred by the aroma of citronella, burning a citronella candle will increase the effectiveness of the smell and create a larger radius for your mosquito-free zone.
Mosquitoes aren’t the strongest fliers. Therefore, utilizing an oscillating or ceiling fan will keep them from buzzing around. This is also true for windy weather. Mosquitoes are more likely to take it easy and rest on windy days, and will do their best to avoid any fans. It will be difficult for them to land on you if they’re getting blown around.
Bug zappers can help address your mosquito and insect problems whenever you are outside. These electric zappers will attract insects with its alluring light, and then zap them dead once they get too close. One of the main issues with bug zappers is that they must be plugged in and can make a lot of noise when zapping bugs. Additionally, bug zappers can pose a threat to small children or pets, so they might not be the safest option for your yard.
Natural Plants and Herbs
If you would like a long-lasting, natural repellant in your yard for mosquitoes, consider planting some herbs in your yard or garden. Other than taking care of the plant, there isn’t anything else you’ll need mosquito prevention.
Lemon balm leaves contain citronella, which is a natural mosquito repellent. Instead of buying citronella candles, consider planting a few of these in your yard.
Basil leaves can help repel mosquitoes without needing to address the plant at all. Some herbs require the leaves to be crushed in order to produce citronella or other mosquito repellent oils. However, basil leaves naturally secrete their repellant that will help with mosquito prevention.
Almost every variety of mint leaves will be effective deterrents for mosquitoes. The smell released from mint leaves when they are crushed creates a repellent for mosquito prevention and many other insects as well.
Mosquito Prevention with Prevent Pest
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