Summer days should be for fun and relaxation, not itchy bumps and disease worries. Don’t let mosquitoes get between you and your backyard plans. These stress-free, eco-friendly solutions will help drive your local population down without using chemical pesticides.
1. Clean Your Gutters
Mosquitoes only need a teaspoon of standing water to lay their eggs and fill your lawn with pests. After forgotten bird baths, clogged gutters are one of the most common backyard breeding grounds. Make sure to clean your gutters and check your downspout for clogs. If your gutters are uneven, clog chronically or are otherwise the worse for wear, consider having them replaced.
2. Tidy Up Your Landscaping
Mosquitoes don’t like the heat any more than you do. They like to hide and even breed in bushes, trees and debris piles during the day. Eliminate possible hiding places by trimming up your landscaping and cleaning up lawn debris. Keeping your grass mowed and keeping your ditches clear will also drive down mosquito breeding.
3. Treat Your Water Features
Even with a good pump and filter, fountains, pools and ponds can easily harbor mosquitoes. You don’t need to rely on harsh insecticides. Bacillus thuringiensis, also called Bti, is a human-safe bacteria that attacks mosquito larvae. You can purchase Bti treatments for all kinds of backyard water features.
4. Use Mosquito Netting
Gazebos and covered decks can become mosquito-free oases with quality mosquito netting. When hung like curtains and color-coordinated with your decking or siding, it can look surprisingly luxurious while keeping pests away from your seating areas. Magnetic-closure curtains are the most effective type. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, they’re cheap and easy to DIY.
No matter how comprehensive your control plan, take out an insurance policy with quality mosquito repellent sprays for you and your family. Look for products contain oil of lemon eucalyptus, the only naturally-derived repellent recommended by the CDC.