The summer heat makes one want to spend more time outdoors. Take advantage of the nice weather to eat alfresco or relax by lounging in your backyard. But you might be hesitant to do so in the evening when mosquitoes are most active.
Mosquitoes can make hanging out outdoors unbearable. They’re ruthless and bloodthirsty–but there are various ways to effectively repel mosquitoes in your backyard!
There are things you can do to limit the number of mosquitoes present around your home, such as using natural solutions and using outdoor treatments. Reclaim your backyard from these pesky flies and get back to enjoying summer!
Naturally Effective Repelling Solutions
- Reduce Your Standing Water
Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water, which is why it is a good idea to walk around your property and drain any standing water you may have. This includes saucers from potted plants, containers, clogged gutters, and more. If you have birdbaths or ponds, invest in control rings that naturally kill larvae.
- Clean Up Ponds
If you have ponds on your property, make it a habit to clean up the algae. Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water because they feed on the algae and lay their eggs on the surface. Physically remove the algae using your hands or a toilet brush. You can also use a product like Nualgi Ponds to safely deter the growth of algae in your backyard pond.
- Get Gardening
Believe it or not, there are quite a few plant species that can effectively help you repel mosquitoes in your backyard! Citronella has a strong aroma that naturally repels mosquitoes! Catnip is an easy to grow plant that deters mosquitoes. Marigolds can repel various insects, making them a beautiful gardening choice. Lavender can emit calming aromas and keep your backyard mosquito free.
Effective Outdoor Treatments
- Citronella Candles and Torches
Citronella is one of the most effective ways to repel mosquitoes because of the strong aroma. Invest in some decorative Citronella candles to decorate your backyard and keep yourself itch free! Or you could also burn Citronella oil using an attractive torch.
- Mosquito Zapper
Mosquitoes and other pesky insects are attracted to light and certain smells. Use a mosquito zapper in combination with an attractant to successfully kill them before they bite you.
- Mosquito Coils
Burning coils can help you ward off more insects than just mosquitoes. One coil can help protect a 100 square foot area for a few hours! Some coils are also scented, offering you a pleasant backyard scent.