How to Prevent Mosquitoes

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Prevent Mosquitoes

The days are getting longer, the weather is warming, and things are blooming everywhere you look, which means it’s almost time for mosquitoes to make their unwelcomed appearance again. Fortunately, there are things you can do now to prevent mosquitoes so they don’t ruin your summertime fun.

How to Prevent Mosquitoes

Get Rid of Standing Water

Mosquitoesfind standing water because that’s where they lay their eggs. So, eliminating these sources is one of the most effective things you can do to prevent mosquitoes. Check these locations around your yard for standing water:

  • Clogged gutters
  • Birdbaths
  • Landscape ponds without fish or fountains
  • Tires
  • Toys
  • Potted plants that don’t drain properly
  • Part of your yard with poor drainage
  • Under your deck
  • Sandboxes
  • Animal food bowls
  • Shovels
  • Furniture covers after heavy rain
  • Kiddie pools
  • By your AC unit

Put Your Green Thumb to Good Use

Mosquitoes are sensitive to scent, you can plant these fragrant varieties in pots on your patio and in your ground gardens:

  1. Catnip: Catnip is part of the mint family and grows very easily without much assistance. Catnip has been shown to be more effective than DEET(!), a chemical used in mosquito repellents.
  2. Citronella Grass: You know those citronella candles you buy to repel mosquitoes? You can plant it instead for all-day protection.
  3. Lavender: Lavender is a strong plant and can be drought-resistant, although like the citronella. And here’s another reason to plant lavender: it repels other insects and animals, too. Win-win!
  4. Rosemary: We love plants that can do double-duty. Use rosemary for recipes and to repel mosquitoes and other insects.
  5. Basil: Like rosemary, you’ll enjoy having basil in your hard to deter mosquitoes and to have on hand for cooking.

Call Shades of Green Lawn & Landscape to Prevent Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes don’t just make spending time outside uncomfortable, they can spread life-threatening diseases to you, your family, and your pets. Take back your backyard with help from your pest pros at Shades of Green Lawn & Landscape. We are a local company and know the Indiana vegetation and conditions that attract mosquitos. Call us today at 765-771-9998 for mosquito control.