Backyard cookouts with family and friends are right around the corner.  Unfortunately, we aren’t the only ones who like the pleasant temperatures. You’ll be sharing your space with mosquitos. It’s never too early to prepare for their arrival. In the spring warm weather and rain can bring the mosquitoes into your yards. While there’s nothing you can do about the weather, with a little knowledge and some insights, you can easily defend against them while keeping your family comfortable and itch-free. Here are some ways to keep these pests at bay.

How to Prepare 

Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes reproduce in standing water, and even a tiny amount is enough. It’s very important to empty out rainwater that’s standing in the garden. Birdbaths are an easy target for mosquitoes so make sure to get rid of these as well.  It’s important to act fast. Mosquito eggs can mature into nymphs in a few days so any time it rains you’ll need to remove any standing water straight away.

Clear Drains and Gutters
Keep gutters and drains clear of fallen leaves that have built up during the fall and winter. This can cause standing rainwater that mosquitoes love.

Control Your Yard
Mosquitoes search for cool and shady gardens full of tall grass and overgrown bushes. To keep mosquitoes away, make a point to keep your yard and bushes trimmed, cut back overgrown trees and bushes to help dry up the wet areas of the garden where mosquitoes are likely to hang out.

Mosquito-Repelling Plants and Scented Candles
Mosquitoes hate the aromas of fragrant plants. Mosquito-repelling plants include eucalyptus, rosemary, basil, peppermint, marigold, and lavender.  Plant a selection of these plants in your garden to help keep mosquitoes off your property. Also, mosquitoes hate the fragrant smoke of incense and citronella candles. It’s a good idea to place these close to your home’s entrance points and light them before mosquitoes come out to play. During outdoor activities you can light up teak ke torches filled with the scents.

Call the Professionals

Changing your habits and using home remedies can help to stop mosquitoes from entering your home. But it’s often a good idea to hire a professional to inspect your property as well.  Swift Pest Control Services can help identify problem areas that you might have overlooked. Check out our Specials!

Call Swift Pest Control Services for all your pest control needs. (405) 887-9438