If you could look around your backyard through the eyes of a mosquito, you would see things that are open invitations for their breeding and feeding. Un-invite these disease-carrying blood suckers and re-claim your outdoor space with these 6 best ways to keep mosquitoes out of your backyard.
Eliminate Breeding Grounds
Mosquitoes lay eggs in non-moving, stagnant water. Remove all items that collect water, like flower pot drainage saucers, buckets, kiddy pools and toys that are seldom moved. Old tires, tarps and gutters are prime breeding grounds for a multitude of blood sucking larvae to hatch. If items can’t be moved, make small holes in the bottom so water can drain through and not become a breeding location.
Water features, which are desirable in many landscape, can still be safely enjoyed and not become mosquito larvae incubators with these tips: Increase the movement and depth of the water. This will discourage adult mosquitoes from using the feature as an incubator, and for those that do deposit their eggs in the faster moving, deep water, the egg will not survive.
Bird Baths and Feeders
Bird baths, by their very design, are created to hold shallow, still water. Exactly what adult mosquitoes are looking for (besides a free meal on you, literally). Change the water in a bird bath at least once per week and use a commercial product for birdbaths that will wipe out mosquito larvae but not harm birds. Bird feeders and houses can also collect water, drill small holes in the bottoms to allow for water drainage.
Fan and Lights
When enjoying your backyard, set up a couple of oscillating fans nearby to blow away invading pests. Mosquitoes are weak fliers and don’t stand a chance against the wind power of an ordinary fan.
Yellow lights make all the difference after dark by not attracting the active mosquitoes.
Screened porches are a big deal in the south because of the abundant mosquito population. It’s a must-have home addition for enjoying outdoor time, but if there is even the tiniest of holes in the screen, the blood sucking pests waste no time in locating it and infiltrating the back porch and making their way into the house. Inspect all screens at the beginning of spring (porch, windows and doors) so mosquitoes won’t feel welcomed to come in at will.
Now that you’ve done you’re part to make mosquitoes feel unwelcome, bring in some reinforcement to finish the job. Bats, dragonflies and goldfish eat mosquitoes and their larvae. Plant flowers to attract dragonflies, put up a bat house to attract bats and add a few goldfish, mosquito fish or fathead minnows to your water feature to control the mosquito population in your backyard.
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes!