Keeping Mosquitoes Out of Your Yard
Mosquitoes can make your yard the last place you want to spend your spare time. Luckily, there are a variety of ways that can keep them away, ranging from preventative measures to professional extermination. Take back your yard and start enjoying your outdoor space today!
Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance, though. Mosquitoes can transmit dangerous and fatal diseases, such as the West Nile Virus. In fact, approximately one out of every five people infected with this virus develops symptoms, and one out of 150 may develop potentially fatal illnesses. Fortunately, taking a few precautions around your property can minimize the number of mosquitoes in your yard and allow you to fully enjoy your outdoor space again.
Female mosquitoes will lay their eggs in standing water, so taking the time to address any wet areas in your yard is the first step to discouraging a mosquito nest. Water can accumulate in many areas, both on dirt and on human-made surfaces, so ensuring proper drainage of your yard can effectively prevent future hatches.
Burning citronella oil will also keep the pesky bugs away by covering up the CO2 we exhale. Mosquitoes hone in on their target through CO2, and citronella — as well as products containing Picaridin, oil of lemon, or eucalyptus — allows you to hide from them. Mosquito coils can also be effective options for delivering the oils.
Bug lights can also keep your outdoor space safe from these bothersome bugs. Because mosquitoes don't see the same wavelengths as humans, installing yellow lights instead of standard bulbs can help to reduce their ability to swarm.
If preventative measures haven’t solved your mosquito problem, there are several steps that you can take once they’ve invaded. There are several devices that can spread an ultrafine mist over a property, killing any mosquitoes in the area, and the effect usually lasts for a few hours. Another option is setting up mosquito traps, which produce CO2 to lure in mosquitoes where they are trapped and eventually die from dehydration. Finally, a bug zapper will also kill mosquitoes as well as any other bugs on contact.
Of course, if these options aren’t ideal for your situation, seeking professional help from Bug-A-Way Pest Control LLC is often the easiest and most effective option. Give us a call at 417-624-2999 so we can help you enjoy your outdoor space again this summer.