Controlling & Preventing Mosquitoes In Your Louisville Yard
- May 24, 2019
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Mosquitoes are designed to seek out our blood by being able to pick out dark clothing, our sweat, and our breath. But everyone already knows how hard it is to avoid these pests, so how do you control them or, better yet, eliminate them altogether?
One of the best-known methods to keep mosquitoes away from your patio area is to use anything with citronella. This can be in the form of an oil diffuser, tiki torch, or candle. Mosquitoes hate the smell of citronella and will steer clear of the source. The downside is that these candles, torches, and oil diffusers only work for a small radius so you may need a number of them to actually make a difference.
Here’s an easy and fun project for the family. All you need is an empty two-liter bottle, masking tape, and something to cut with.
Start by cutting the top of the two-liter off. Flip it upside down and place it so it nests inside the bottom half of the two-liter. Tape the two halves together.
For the bait, add 1 cup of hot water to 1 cup of sugar. Mix in 1 teaspoon of yeast and you have an irresistible treat that mosquitoes can’t help but swarm to. When they do they will enter through the funnel, get stuck in the liquid, and won’t be able to get out. Try it out! Make several of them for maximum effectiveness.
Standing water is where it all begins for a mosquito. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water and in just 8 to 10 days they will be buzzing around your backyard trying to ruin your good time. Most people go right for the mosquito repellant sprays but mosquito sprays only work for so long and they require you to take a shower afterwards unless you love the smell of mosquito spray.
The best method to control mosquitoes is to dump out all the standing water on your property. After a spring shower, there are many things in your backyard that can turn into mosquito nurseries but, if you beat them to it, you can eliminate their breeding zones and drastically drive down the mosquito population in your immediate area. Dump out all standing water in rain barrels, flower pots, birdbaths, old tires, children’s toys, and animal waterers. For even better control get your neighbors to do the same thing.
Mosquitoes are a vital part of the food chain for certain animals. Animals such as bats, swallows, and martins can be your new best friends as they help to devour the mosquito population in your yard. All you need to do is make them feel at home. Purchase or make bat houses or purple martin houses to attract these mosquito-eating animals.
If you want full and complete protection from the threat of mosquitoes then you need mosquito control from Farison Lawn Care. Our highly-trained professionals will identify areas that promote breeding and help eliminate the mosquitoes with targeted spraying. You will also get follow-up applications throughout the year to make sure these pests don’t come back.