Did you know that mosquitoes can often be attracted to our breath? If your home or property has been struggling with a mosquito infestation, then you’ve come to the right place. Getting control over a variety of mosquito populations around your home can be difficult without the right tips, tricks or pest control services.
Here at Certified Pest Control, we’ve compiled a list of a few ways to control the mosquitoes in your area. However, if these tips and tricks don’t seem to be helping your situation, connect with a local pest control company.
Here’s what you need to know about mosquito control:
- What are Mosquitoes?
- Avoid Watery Areas
- Natural Repellent Options
- Repelling Plants & Gardens
- Regularly Cut Your Grass
What are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are classified as flying Diptera insects with six legs. In the larval stage, mosquitoes feed on organic matter in water after they hatch from their eggs. Female mosquitoes are the ones that bite in order to feed on blood that contains the protein and iron that they need to produce eggs. When you see one mosquito, there are bound to be thousands more.
Avoid Watery Areas
As we mentioned earlier, mosquitoes not only lay their eggs on the surface of standing water, but larvae live in water for the majority of the beginning of their life. With that in mind, mosquitoes can’t resist standing water. When there is water accumulating around the yard, mosquitoes are likely to be a problem as well.
Ensure your outdoor faucets are not dripping or leaking, as leaky faucets can quickly create puddles near your foundation that mosquitoes look for to lay eggs in. You should also try to remove items in your yard that can collect water. These can include buckets, overturned trash can lids, canoes or children’s toys. Or, if you want to keep these items in your yard, opt to turn them over or cover them with a tarp to make sure water can’t collect in those objects. By avoiding overly watery areas in your yards, you can mitigate mosquito populations.
Natural Repellent Options
Utilizing natural repellents is one of the best ways to keep mosquitoes away from your home.
In the areas of your yard where you plan to hang out, you can light citronella candles and torches to ward off mosquitoes.
Additionally, yellow lighting serves as a mosquito repellent, as these bugs aren’t attracted to yellow light in the same way they are to traditional incandescent lighting. Remember that mosquitoes are not particularly strong flyers because they are lightweight. Portable fans can also work to repel mosquitoes on your back porch.
Repelling Plants & Gardens
When it comes to repelling mosquitoes, there are a number of flowers, herbs, and plants that mosquitoes are naturally repelled by. Alternatively, you can plant these repellents in your yard or place them in flower pots that are easily portable so that you can take your repellent with you when you move around your property.
Some of these repelling plants are:
- Horsemint: A fast-growing, drought-resistant plant, horsemint reaches a height and width of two to three feet. This natural repellent is well-suited for dry, sandy soil and tolerates salty conditions, making this plant ideal for coastal and beach areas.
- Ageratum: Also known as Flossflowers, this natural repellent gives off an aroma which mosquitoes tend to not like. Plants of the agaratum genus produce coumarin, a mosquito repellent component widely used in commercial products.
- Marigolds: Typically used as a decor type plant, marigolds also give off a distinctive smell that mosquitoes tend to not like. These flowers contain pyrethrum, a compound also commonly used in insect repellents.
- Catnip: Catnip is another plant that mosquitoes tend to not like as well. In small areas, this plant may be more effective than commercial DEET at controlling mosquitoes.
Regularly Cut Your Grass
On top of gardening repellents, regularly cutting your grass can mitigate the birth rate of your local mosquito populations. Be sure to keep your lawn as short as possible to limit resting places for mosquitoes to breed.
Maintaining a neat lawn is not the only way to prevent mosquitoes, so be sure to also tend to your garden beds and ornamental grasses. The use of professional insecticides is recommended here. A specialized lawn and pest control company, like Certified Pest Control, can help you handle your mosquito control needs.
Why Choose Certified Pest Control?
Here at Certified Pest Control, our focus is on the needs and quality of your family life, to keep you protected and pest free, and to provide the best pest control in Nashville, while still providing that small family business charm.
- We are fully licensed, bonded and insured
- Our highly qualified staff is constantly being taught and trained about the newest, and safest methods to keep your home pest free
- We follow all rules and regulations to make sure our treatments are safe for you, your family, and your pets
- We guarantee our work. If pests return between quarterly services, just call and we will be back at no cost