Mosquitoes are irritating insects that seem to be everywhere, especially in the Southeast’s humid climate. They not only leave you with itchy bites, but they can also carry diseases like the Dengue, West Nile, and Zika viruses. You won’t know which mosquitoes are carrying these diseases, so it’s important to do what you can to keep them away from your home.
Sometimes it may seem that keeping mosquitoes away is close to impossible, but with the help of professional mosquito control services and some easy tips you can implement on your own, you can see a significant difference in the mosquito population close to your home. Here are four easy mosquito control ideas that will help you keep the annoying insects away:
1. Eliminate standing water. Mosquitoes love water, and they don’t need much of it for them to lay their eggs in it and multiply. Do what you can to avoid giving them a water source. Remove outdoor objects such as old tires, buckets, or toys that will hold water after it rains. You should also make sure your gutters are cleaned regularly, so water won’t accumulate in them and invite mosquitoes.
2. Change your outdoor lighting. Mosquitoes aren’t necessarily attracted to light, but they use it to navigate. If you have bright, white lights outdoors, you will likely find lots of mosquitos there. However, if you were to replace them with yellow bulbs, you would reduce the number of mosquitoes nearby since they can’t see it as well.
3. Trim your grass. Long grass provides a great breeding ground for mosquitoes, so trimming it short will help keep them away.
4. Grow mosquito-repelling plants. Some plants can naturally help with your mosquito control, such as marigolds, mint, basil, rosemary, and lavender.