“Mosquit-no: Backyard preparations to keep your yard mosquito free.”
Don’t let mosquitoes make an appearance at your barbecue this spring. Not only are they pests, they can carry dangerous diseases and viruses including malaria, West Nile, and Zika. We recommend getting your property treated with our Mosquito Management service, which can help protect both your outdoor spaces and your health. This proactive service provides ongoing monthly treatments from April to October, when mosquitoes are most likely to be active.
Follow these 6 steps to make sure you and your family are protected against these menacing insects:
- Blow them away – literally. Did you know mosquitoes cannot withstand gusts over 1 mph? Now you do! Protect yourself by using handheld fans. For extra protection, aim them at the lower half of your body as mosquitoes tend to fly very close to the ground to avoid the wind.
- Ditch the citronella candles for a natural option. Citronella and tiki torches typically only work if the smoke gets between you and the mosquito. Instead of relying on these methods, try incorporating some natural mosquito repellent plants into your backyard. Good options include lemon balm, catnip, basil, lavender, peppermint, sage, rosemary, and citrosum.
- Take a breather. Some experts believe that mosquitoes are attracted to heightened amounts of CO2. Things like exercise, alcohol consumption and consumption of spicy foods tend to increase your heart rate which in turn increases your CO2 production. The higher your CO2 the more irresistible you are to mosquitoes.
- Use the garlic for vampires, not mosquitoes. Garlic, bananas, or supplements containing vitamin B have long been thought to repel mosquitoes. However, this is not the case. Keep taking the supplements and vitamins to boost your health, but don’t buy into the rumors!
- By a thread. Mosquitoes can penetrate loosely woven fibers. Fabrics like cotton and linen do not provide good barriers for these pests. Armor up with clothing made from synthetic fibers. Any garment boasting sun protection should have tightly woven fibers.
- Timing is everything. Mosquitoes capitalize on times throughout the day and evening when the wind is at its lowest point. Avoid becoming an all you can eat buffet by avoiding dawn and dusk outdoors.
For a better look at how mosquitoes are affecting your area. Check out today’s Mosquito Activity Forecast.