Best Practices to Keep Your Yard Mosquito-Free This Summer


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During the spring and summer seasons, mosquitos make their presence known by leaving red, itchy bumps all over their victims. Being a mosquito’s snack is never a fun outcome, and with the Zika virus on the rise, it’s important to protect your skin now more than ever. Keeping mosquitos away from your home and backyard may seem like an impossible task, but with a few tips and tricks, it’ll be possible to enjoy a relaxing summer night on your back porch. However, if you feel you need professional exterminators for pest control and mosquito control in Nashville, TN, Brentwood or Franklin, TN, contact Preventive Pest Control, today. Learn about our top rated pest control services here.

For now, here are a few things you can do to keep the mosquitos away from your backyard this summer season:

  • Clear any stagnant water: Stagnant, aka standing water, is a breeding ground for mosquitos. Having standing water in your backyard or around your home can attract countless mosquitos, causing endless bug bites and frustration. Popular spots for standing water are typically kiddie pools, bird baths, flower pots, garbage cans, ponds, etc. Therefore, after a rainfall or once your sprinklers have completed watering your lawn, be sure to clear any stagnant water that remains.


  • Invest in plants with natural mosquito repellant: Did you know that there are plants that produce natural, mosquito repellant? While the aroma of certain plants deters mosquitos, there’s also a range of plants that release a strong-scented oil when the plant is harmed. Though it’s not dangerous to humans, mosquitos can’t stand it. Some of the best mosquito repelling plants tend to be basil, wild sage, lemon thyme, eucalyptus, lemongrass (where citronella is derived from), marigolds, lavender, etc. If you have a green thumb, growing these plants around your home will help to keep mosquitos at bay and will even bring life to your home!


  • Purchase yellow bug lights: Bright, outdoor lights tend to attract many bug species–mosquitos included. So, to reduce bug swarming, consider investing in a yellow bug light. Due to the wavelengths, bugs and mosquitos have a hard time seeing this type of light, allowing for the reduction in swarming (and bug bites, too).


  • Candles and fans: For small-scale mosquito protection, candles and outdoor fans are the way to go. Typically, conceal candles and fans work best when trying to enjoy a bug-free night outside. Air circulation from a fan makes it difficult for mosquitos to fly around and land on you. Additionally, fans weaken the lactic acid and body heat your produce, which mainly attracts mosquitos. Citronella candles and conceal candles are also two great options to keep the bugs at bay while enjoying your time outside. While citronella candles repel the mosquitos, conceal candles actually interfere with a mosquito’s ability to smell and disorients them.


  • Hire a professional: Hands down, the best, most efficient way to rid your backyard of mosquitos is by hiring a professional. Professional exterminators can locate any problem areas that may draw in mosquitos while providing customers with a variety of preventive pest control options.


Don’t let those pesky mosquitos deter you from enjoying the lovely summer days and evenings. With the combination of these practices and the help of a professional, your yard will soon be a mosquito-free environment.