Mosquitos are more than just a nuisance that can leave you itchy and covered in unsightly bumps. With a spike in cases of West Nile Virus over recent years, mosquitos also have the potential to pose a serious health risk. So you obviously want to steer clear of these pests if at all possible. And if you happen to notice swarms of them populating your backyard, it’s a good idea to take immediate measures to rid your outdoor living spaces of mosquitos. The good news is that there are several effective methods you can employ to eliminate these irritating insects. Here are a few strategies you should consider.
- Address standing water. This is a must. Mosquitos need standing water to breed, so removing this component from your yard can make a huge difference. Whether your yard has a pond, a pool, or other water features, you need to keep water covered when not in use, find a way to stop it from stagnating, or drain these features to stop mosquitos from breeding. And don’t forget to check areas where water can pool, such as gutters, in kids’ toys (like pails and Tonka trucks), in unused planters and tire swings, and even on your outdoor grill, if it’s not securely covered.
- One of the easiest ways to get rid of mosquitos is with the use of pesticides, which you can either spray around your yard on your own or hire a professional to do for you. Another option is to purchase misters that can be set to time release mist as a means of combatting swarms. And the good news is that you can choose either chemical or natural variants, so if you have small children and pets that you’re worried about, there are options that are non-toxic to humans and animals.
- Lemongrass is used to make citronella candles and torches that repel mosquitos, but the plant itself is not enough to keep mosquitos at bay. You need to diffuse the oil into the air, and the easiest way is to burn it. So placing these lemon-scented candles around your yard could provide immediate relief from mosquito infestations. However, it is a temporary fix, so it is best paired with other elimination strategies.
- This method of mosquito elimination works by attracting mosquitos and then trapping them in containers that they can’t escape, eventually killing them. Placement is essential to the function of these traps, which means you need to identify the source of mosquitos so that you can place traps along the path between the source and areas where people congregate in your yard.
- Mosquito netting. Technically, this will not get rid of mosquitoes, at least not like the professional products offered by U-Spray Inc. However, it is a good option if you happen to live near standing water that you have no control over, like a lake, a pond, or even a river that creates small pools of standing water as water levels drop during the summer. Because you cannot treat these areas, you might want to install mosquito netting around areas of your yard that get a lot of use, such as the patio or a gazebo.