There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from the harmful effects that mosquito bites can bring if you aren’t careful. One of the main things you can do outside of getting professional mosquito control from Grosse Ile Lawn, Sprinkler, and Fertilizing is to take up safe and effective at-home mosquito control methods.
Whether this means creating safe repellants for kids and dogs or eliminating what really attracts these little flying pests to your yard is up to you. Our team has compiled a few options for you to consider when wanting to make your backyard a safer place to hang out for everyone.
Follow along and see what measures you can take to prevent mosquitoes without ever leaving your home.
Get Straight To The Root of The Issue
If you are serious about targeting mosquitoes, start with getting rid of what they are most attracted to. Their breeding grounds live in and around your home but often go unnoticed. You may be nurturing areas for these pests to come and hang out without even knowing it. The female mosquitoes get pretty crafty to find what they need to lay their eggs – which is only one thing – standing water. They tend to find it wherever they can, so be sure to look for standing water in places you might not think of. Such as flower pots, under patio furniture, tree houses, play structures, gutters, garages, tarps, pools, decks, toys, old tires, and even just regular puddles that never seem to dry around your home.
Protect Your Lawn
One way you can do this by making sure you are actually mowing the correct way. Yep – that’s right. There are right and wrong ways to mow your lawn. It is important that we don’t under-mow our lawns so that mosquitoes don’t have any extra places to hide. Additionally, as we previously mentioned, standing water can attract female mosquitoes. So if you are constantly watering your grass, you can create an environment for more mosquitoes.
Use The Natural Methods
Whether you are making an at-home repellant or you are adding them to your hair care routine, essential oils have been known to ward off mosquitoes. They don’t emit that awful smell either like traditional mosquito control might. You simply take dried or fresh herbs that create the oils we use, boil them for a few hours, let them cool, and add them to a spray bottle to use at your need.
The oils that we generally recommend to be used without boiling include clove, cedar oil, lavender, neem, lemongrass, peppermint, thyme, tea tree, eucalyptus, and anything else that has a citrus scent because that is what usually repels the mosquitoes.
Fight Bugs With Fire
Yes, that’s right. You can use fire to your advantage when it comes to repelling mosquitoes. If you know you are going to have a party on a hot summer night, you can incorporate fire into the decor to make sure people aren’t going to get eaten alive. There are two ways you can go about this. The most commonly done way is to just have a bonfire party. This way you quite literally have a massive smoke and fire shield surrounding you and your friends, making it pretty hard for mosquitoes to get around. If you aren’t into the bonfire smell that is notorious for sticking to clothes and hair, you can consider placing tiki torches around your yard or just the area you are having a party in. This way, you should be able to reap the benefits of smoke and fire without having too much smoke get in the way.
Hire the Lawn Care Pros at Grosse Ile Lawn Sprinkler & Fertilizing
The most effective way to take your yard back from mosquitoes is by getting professional mosquito control services from Grosse Ile Lawn Sprinkler & Fertilizing. Our Mosquito Control Program offers five applications for consistent, thorough coverage throughout the summer.
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