It’s easier than you think to keep these pests out of your yard
Keeping mosquitos away from your outdoor spaces can be stressful. You want a place to relax, but you don’t want to have to cover yourself with smelly insect repellant every time you want to have a glass of wine on the deck or fire up the grill for a meal.
Especially in Florida, mosquitos could be an ongoing, year-round problem. And they’re not just pesky –they’re also dangerous. These small bugs can spread West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, and Yellow Fever, among other illnesses.
Luckily, there are a few simple additions to consider that will keep mosquitos out of your yard. If you’re tired of dousing the family in repellant each evening, try these easy strategies instead.
Fans and citronella products
Mosquitos aren’t the most aggressive bugs or strongest fliers in the air. The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) suggests installing a large fan on your deck or outdoor area to take advantage of this weakness. It can be an effective way to both stay cool and keep these pests out of the area.
The AMCA says that doing so may protect you better than citronella products, though these types of candles (or any candles, really) can offer a little bit of extra protection from the smoke.
Consumer Reports also said that after they conducted a test using citronella candles, a geraniol diffuser, and a large oscillating fan, the fan worked best of the three to keep mosquitos at bay.
If you’ve tried citronella candles with little effect, go for the newly popular citronella spiral. These are made of citronella oil-soaked wood that can be hung on your deck, almost like an outdoor decoration with benefits.
If you have space, a fire pit may be a good idea for both relaxation and mosquito control. Try lighting up a controlled fire outside on a nice Florida spring or summer night. The smoke will likely keep mosquitos away, as it does when burning candles, but if you burn wood like pinion wood, this could provide even more protection from mosquitos.
This can be another easy, effective way to keep bugs out of the yard. And, you’ll get to enjoy a fire on a chilly night with the smell of pine in the air.
Common herbs and plants
Another strategy to try is to plant herbs in your outdoor spaces. Rosemary and basil are two herbs that repel mosquitos naturally, Realtor.com says. And garlic is another one to try that has been known to repel mosquitos specifically.
If you have a cat, try growing catnip on your deck and you may find that mosquitos won’t come near the plant. Researchers from the American Chemical Society found that nepetalactone, which is an essential oil found in catnip, is even more effective at keeping mosquitos away than some substances found in traditional insect repellant.
Planting these suggested herbs has another win-win: you can grow delicious plants for cooking while also keeping these pesky little bugs out of the area.
Finally, if you have a big mosquito problem in your yard, consider installing a misting system. These systems release natural substances into the air, like pyrethrum, that will both kill and repel these pests. Piperonyl butoxide (PBO) is another substance that is included in these types of insecticides. Many people like these systems because they don’t require much extra effort.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that a combination of tactics may work best to keep these bugs away from the yard. For instance, when you install a misting system, make sure you’re still not leaving standing water around in flower pots or jars. Try combining some of the strategies already described and see what works best for your specific outdoor area.
If you’re ready to discuss your options for home mosquito control systems, get in touch with us at Platinum Mosquito Protection today. Our advanced and easy-to-use misting systems can protect many different outdoor areas of your home, such as decks, patios, sports courts, and more. In addition to mosquito protection, these systems fight against other bugs, such as flies, fleas, ticks, wasps, and spiders.
The automatic timer on each misting system makes operation seamless and easy, so you don’t have to do much to see big results. We’ll also ensure you get the personalized attention you need so that your system will be perfect for your space and lifestyle.