Summertime is approaching quickly and while this means sunny evenings with weekend barbecues, it is also a time for insect invasions across the board such as mosquitoes in the yard. People may not consider mosquitoes to be anything but annoying insects that cause itchy bumps after they bite a person; however, they can be far more dangerous than a person could think. The risk is small in certain locations, but mosquitoes are known to carry deadly viruses including the Zika virus. So, to prevent any potential medical conditions, it is recommended that you take precautions against mosquitoes entering your yard. This article will provide information on how to remain one step ahead of these disease-carrying bugs.
- Remove Any Stagnant Water
One of the most beneficial methods of preventing mosquitoes is to remove stagnant water from the yard. According to Dr Jim Fredericks from the National Pest Management Association, mosquitoes cannot fly far and eliminating breeding spots on the property, such as stagnant water, can reduce the number of insects within the area. Stagnant water can be found in various locations, such as ponds, child pools, flowerpots, garbage cans, and improperly drained gutters.
- Hiring A Professional To Check ‘Hidden Spots’
While it is possible to remove any areas where mosquitoes could breed, it is recommended that one hire a professional exterminator to inspect different ‘hidden spots’ that may become breeding areas. Not only will professional pest control expert inspect gutters, but they can also assess property aspects including window screens. Professionals will inform you if the screens are ripped, broken, or poorly fitting which indicates the need for a new screen. Screens are particularly important in humid regions, such as the Southern US states.
- Making Natural Repellents Part Of The Landscape
Believe it or not, certain plants will provide natural defensive chemicals to drive away insects such as the mosquito; however, these repellents are not released unless the plant is damaged. One natural repellent that can be used to repel mosquitoes and keep them at bay is citronella. Not only does citronella have a lovely smell, but it is also easily accessible in most states and will not cause bad reactions should pets eat the plant.
- Application Of Repellents
One of the most common methods of keeping mosquitoes away is to use an over-the-counter repellent lotion or spray. Many people will use these lotions when going away on vacation, but they should be utilized when enjoying time at home as well – remember, insects do not discriminate regarding locations. Unfortunately, the lotions and sprays will wear off after a specific number of hours dependent on the formula; therefore, it is essential that one applies the repellent consistently to avoid being bitten by a mosquito.
- Covering Your Feet
According to Dr Thomas Scott, a professor of epidemiology at UC Davis, the mosquito most responsible for spreading the Zika Virus tends to bite its victims on the lower section of the body. This is due to the fact that mosquitoes are drawn to sweat and bacteria, making feet ideal drawing zones for this insect. To avoid being a victim of a mosquito bite in this region, it is recommended that one utilize repellent and wear high socks or high-top sneakers.
- Eating Indoors When Possible
While eating outdoors during summer is an enticing activity, particularly if you have organized a barbecue, Dr Scott points out that mosquitoes are likely to bite in the evening and being indoors removes the chance of you experiencing a bite. This is particularly true in Southern states where Zika Virus-carrying mosquitoes are attracted to outdoor areas. Eating indoors when possible is highly recommended during the summer season and it can, in fact, save a person’s life.
- Dressing For Success
To dress for success means that one will be wearing particularly striking clothing to achieve a desired goal. This can be beneficial when trying to keep mosquitoes at bay because mosquitoes are drawn to darker colors, according to research by Dr Scott. So, to eliminate the chance of experiencing a mosquito bite it is recommended that you wear light-colored clothing to hide your legs and arms.
- Spraying The Day Before
If you are planning an outdoor barbecue, it is crucial that you utilize a repellent and spray the area one day beforehand. This is highly beneficial because it will prepare the area for entertainment and form an odor repelling any insects, particularly mosquitoes. Of course, this does not mean that you should not use bug-repelling lotion or wear light colors; it merely means that you are offering further protection for your guests.
- Protecting The Patio Area
If you are having a smaller get-together, it may be simpler to tent the patio area where guests will be eating instead of spraying the outdoor area one day beforehand. This will remove any chance of food accidentally being contaminated with repellents and remove other insects, such as bees or flies. Canopy tents are easily available from various online and onsite companies with or without mosquito net accessories.
- Using Lanterns And Candles
Providing ‘mood lighting’ can be beneficial to create a good party atmosphere; however, it can also be benefit as an insect-repellent. Believe it or not, patio lanterns are now available that can be used to repel mosquitoes using a citronella scent. The lanterns can be placed on flat surfaces or hung on stands across the yard.
If, however, you are more interested in a softer atmosphere lighting then it is recommended that you opt for long-lasting candles. Candles containing geranial wax are more effective than citronella lanterns and much more attractive.
As you can see, there are various methods available to keep mosquitoes at bay in a yard. By using the information above, you will be able to make an informed decision as to which method is the most beneficial for your particular mosquito (and other insect) repelling needs.