During the spring, summer, and fall, most homeowners enjoy time outdoors cooking out and relaxing with friends, family members, and neighbors. Unfortunately, flying insects can affect your ability to entertain, relax, and have fun while sitting on your porch, patio, or deck. While annoying, most insects are also dangerous to your health. Mosquitoes not only irritate and bite, but they can also spread different diseases, such as the deadly Zika virus. Thankfully, you can repel mosquitoes to take back your outdoor living space using these simple solutions:
Mosquitoes are attracted to food and moisture, so if your outdoor space is filled with either, you will likely have these pesky insects annoying you. If you are grilling, dining, and entertaining outdoors with friends, covering your food and beverages can help. However, there may be a few surprising sources of unnecessary moisture that are attracting mosquitoes.
Remove any pots and planters from around your porch, patio, or deck that are not in use. These containers may be decorative, but they can hold moisture from rain and humidity, becoming more appealing to mosquitoes.
Dump water from any outdoor toys or play structures, as well. Use a solution containing warm water and soap to clean these items before placing in storage. If they will be used outdoors through the season, make sure to remove water by wiping them down continuously.
Check your yard for puddles of water that may be attracting mosquitoes and other pests. If your yard seems to be excessively moist, you may have a sloping issue that requires grading the lawn. This will help rain and moisture run away from the home in an even manner, as opposed to puddling in areas.
You may be surprised to learn that certain plants release chemicals that repel mosquitoes and other pests. Consider creating a large flower bed around your outdoor space or plant in decorative pots or planters that can be arranged on your deck or patio.
Add color by planting marigolds, which offer a scent that may appeal to you while deterring mosquitoes. Also, consider lavender and basil. These appealing plants are not only capable of repelling pests, but they are also fragrant and delicious enough to use to create many different recipes. Here are a few other plants that effectively repel mosquitoes:
- Lemon Balm
You can take back your outdoor living space with proper home maintenance and landscape design. With these tips and the help of a professional pest control team, you can rid your yard of annoying and dangerous mosquitoes.
Contact a company like American Pest Control Inc for more information and assistance.