When the sun is out, you want to be out enjoying your backyard. Well, mosquitoes feel the same way, but before they go turning your family into their next meal, here are 5 tips you can use to keep mosquitoes out of your yard. Note that in order for these tips to be effective, it is recommended to use them in conjunction with additional mosquito control methods.
Grow Insects Repelling Plants
Growing insect repelling plants like horsemint, citronella, marigolds, and ageratum can make all the difference in protecting your home (when used with other mosquito control methods). These plants all have distinctive smells that many types of mosquitoes cannot stand. They have the potential to repellent mosquitoes away.
Like you, mosquitoes retreat to shady areas to escape the heat of the day. Doing something as simple as regular maintenance to shrubs and other vegetation around your backyard can make all the difference. As abundant vegetation provides mosquitoes with a great place to hide during the day. Therefore, maintenance ensures your property does not become a refuge for those mosquitoes looking to hide during the daytime.
Dress For Success
As mosquitoes use sight, smell, and heat to find a blood meal, studies have shown that mosquitoes can see dark objects more easily than light objects. Wearing dark coloured clothing such as black, navy, blue or red can make you more attractive to mosquitoes. So stick to lighter clothing during peak mosquito hours in order to reduce your chance of being bit.
Mosquitoes like other flying insects use light to navigate at night (along with other senses). Your outdoor lighting can often interfere with this navigation system, which often ensures your lighting is attracting mosquitoes. This is especially true for incandescent lights, as the heat permeating from the light bulb lures mosquitoes to your yard. Simply pop in some fluorescent light bulbs, which they are not attracted to as fluorescent bulbs emit less heat.
The next time you are in the backyard, sit next to a fan since mosquitoes do not like strong winds. This is true of other flying insects as well, due these flying insects are unable to properly circle and land on you, like a windstorm keeping a plane from its descent.
There you have it seven easy ways to keep mosquitoes from turning your body into their personal beverage. But hey, if you want to make sure they stay away, give us a call. We will create a customized mosquito treatment to help protect your family.
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