The ear-wrecking high-pitched buzz from a mosquito is all too familiar.
Mosquitoes are a nuisance, but I do not need to tell you that! This is especially true during the spring and summer seasons. They come laden with malaria, and zika (in some continents). Itchy and painful bites in all continents! Female mosquitoes need protein and iron from mammals like you to make their eggs.
That is why mosquitoes keep biting!
It is frustrating when you are trying to chill in your yard and you are being divebombed by one an annoying mosquitoes every few minutes!
In this post, we are going to look at ways to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard.
Why Do I Get Mosquitoes in My Yard?
Mosquitoes need stagnant, still water for them to lay their eggs. They also thrive in dark, moist places such as shrubs and long grass. If you get many mosquitoes in your yard, it may be because you have any of these two conditions present.
This guide provides easy ways of how to reduce mosquitoes in your yard.
How to Reduce Mosquitoes in Your Yard
Get rid of any Stagnant Water
Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in waters that are as shallow as an inch deep. Therefore, get rid of any container that may hold a little bit of water in your yard.
Remove the old cans and lids. If you have a kiddie pool, empty it after it has been used. In addition, birdbaths should be emptied after every while to get rid of eggs that might have been laid there.
Other yard items such as wheelbarrows and yard ornaments that can hold water need to be turned upside down.
Clogged downspouts and gutters are also good areas for mosquitoes to lay their eyes.
During spring and autumn, they are filled with leaves and other debris. Always check them before any major wet season to clear any debris and clogging. If you live in an area with lots of trees, you can use a gutter guard to reduce the chances of a blockage.
In the same manner, ensure that the drains are clear of any debris. If the yard has a low spot that keeps collecting runoff water from the compound, consider designing a drainage system, resodding or filling in with small stones to speed up the drying.
Pick Up Litter and Cover Immovable Items
There are those items that you cannot remove from your yard such as potted flowers, tarps, and outdoor pet bowls. As for the tarps on cards or other equipment, ensure that they fit well and do not drop as the extra fabric will hold in some water.
You should also drain ornamental pots and pet bowls after every while to ensure that no larva grows in them.
Litter is a place for mosquitoes to live and lay their eggs. Clear the yard of cans, cups, bottles, plastic bags and anything else that holds water or makes the yard messy.
Old car tires are also good havens for mosquito breeding as they retain some water even after draining. If you do not need them in the yard, remove them. However, if kids are using them for playing, poke holes from which to drain water.
If your yard is frequented by guests, provide litter bins and encourage them to deposit trash in these bins. Then, carry out a clean-up and trash disposal soon after the party or event is completed.
Take Proper Care of Water Bodies
If you have a water feature such as a decorative pond or a fishpond, you need to ensure that any mosquito larvae in there do not grow to maturation.
Use environmentally friendly products such as Bacillus Thuringiensis (BTI). It acts as a larvacide that is safe for aquatic plants, fish and humans. You can also sprinkle BTI on gutters if water tends to collect every rainy season.
Some people put Gambusia in ponds as they eat mosquito larvae. Cover outdoor pools when not in use.
Clear Bushes and Long Grass
Mosquitoes love to hide in tall grass, weed, bushes and overgrown trees. Keep the lawn tidy by mowing and pruning regularly.
Besides, there also mosquito repelling plants and herbs that include marigolds, peppermint, lavender, lemon eucalyptus, feverfew, pennyroyal, citronella grass, and chrysanthemums. Plant a few of them between other bushes and trees to get rid of mature mosquitoes from your yard.
They not only repel the mosquitoes but also leave your yard smelling fresh and awesome.
In addition, clear any decaying branches, moist leaves and any other debris. These are alternative places for mosquitoes to breed if they cannot find stagnant water. If you are making compost out of the dead plants, turn them after every few days to prevent any larva from hatching.
Use Chemical Repellents
If after all the above steps there still are mosquitoes causing havoc, you can use repellents to treat the yard.
Spray pyrethrin extract repellents under shrubs and around the yard. You can also use a pyrethroid repellent. This is a synthetic version of the pyrethrin repellent. It is more effective than the former in getting rid of mosquitoes.
Some repellents come in the form of granules, which you scatter across your lawn. They are infused with mosquito repellents but safe with animals and children.
Frequently Asked Questions
I find that burning citronella incense sticks help to keep mosquitoes away from my yard.
A combination of chemical and natural repellents work best for mosquito control in your yard. Burn citronella incense, and use pyrethrin too.
Citronella grass is the most effective natural repellent for mosquitoes. I have tested a few!
You may never eradicate all the mosquitoes. However, if you make your yard less conducive for their breeding, you will have fewer mosquitoes to deal with. The tips above make it hard for mosquitoes to breed or hide in your yard.
Consider doing everything that applies to your yard. The more you do, the more success you will see!