There’s nothing like a swarm of mosquitoes to ruin an otherwise beautiful summer night. If you live in a wet, muggy climate, you’re probably used to mosquitoes coming in and ruining the party evening after evening. You might have tried to ward them off with bug spray, citronella candles, and other mosquito repellant solutions, but they just keep coming. If you’re sick of having to deal with buzzing, disease-ridden mosquitoes every night, you need to take more serious action. If you’re ready to call Frisco mosquito control, you’re probably fed up with the amount of mosquitoes swarming around your backyard. But before you call in the professionals, here are a few things you can do to make your mosquito problem just a bit more manageable until the cavalry gets there. Don’t panic: Mosquitoes might seem like a difficult breed of pest to kill and deter, but with the right help, you’ll soon have a gorgeous, bug-free yard to enjoy. Here’s what you need to do.
Keep Out Standing Water
If there’s one thing mosquitos of all types adore, it’s a muggy, wet atmosphere. That’s why you’ll see a ton of mosquitos roaming around after a rainfall. While you can’t exactly control the weather or atmosphere, you can make sure that your backyard is free of any pools, puddles, and structures that collect standing water after a rainfall. While you might be happy to see a ton of water collecting around your yard and making your greenery pop, standing water can help mosquitos breed and hatch, which will only make your problem worse. It’s not as if mosquitos are simple pests, either. They have a tendency to carry and spread a lot of dangerous diseases, such as Zika virus. This means that you can’t be too careful when it comes to creating a mosquito-proof home. Make sure your drains are clear after a rainfall and empty any buckets, reservoirs, and flowerpots to make sure you’re not creating an atmosphere where mosquitos feel at home.
Invest in Traps
You’ve heard of flytraps, but have you heard of mosquito traps? Fortunately for all of us, they exist, and they can be quite effective when used correctly. Mosquito “magnets” are tools that emit an addictive carbon monoxide stream to lure mosquitos in and trap them. Similar to the way ant traps work, these devices can attract mosquitos and prevent the spread of nests and egg hatching. If you’re overwhelmed by mosquitos both inside and outside of your home, you might want to think about investing in a few of these traps. It’s much better than sleeping under a mosquito net, and it might even allow you to open a window and let the air in without fear of letting a huge swarm of bugs into your home.
Grow Mosquito-Crushing Plants
When it comes to keeping mosquitos out, herbs and plants can often be your best friends. There are a ton of natural herbs that you can easily grow in your own garden that have the happy effect of keeping mosquitos at bay. Plants like horsemint, marigold, and flossflower give off odors that make mosquitos stay far away. If you have a feline friend in the house, you can kill two birds with one stone by growing your own catnip plant. Not only will you be keeping your cat happy with a fresh supply of his drug of choice, you’ll be imbuing your home garden with powerful mosquito-repelling properties. Catnip is actually so powerful that it’s often used as one of the primary ingredients in natural mosquito repellants. It’s been compared to DEET in terms of effectiveness at warding off pests outside and indoors. Not only will you be able to ditch the toxic-smelling DEET, you’ll be able to grow your own supply of anti-pest herbs in your own backyard. Just make sure you’ve planted and grown your catnip before the rainy season comes.
Trim That Grass
You might not imagine that the length of your grass has much to do with the mosquito population in your yard. However, what you might not know is that mosquitos like to hide and breed deep in the grass surrounding your home. That means that the longer it grows, the more time your mosquito clan will have to breed and populate. Keeping your grass trimmed is important for many reasons. It promotes lawn health and helps you keep the pest population at a minimum. When it comes to mosquitos, however, it’s even more important that you keep your grass from getting too high. When it rains, your lawn could also start collecting water, which makes it even easier and more tempting for a mosquito colony to start building up in your backyard. Don’t give these pests a chance to proliferate: Crush them by keeping your garden in peak condition.