Six Things You Can Do To Repel Mosquitoes From Your Property

A lot of homeowners make the mistake of focusing on keeping mosquitoes out of the interior of their homes, without worrying about the mosquito populations in their yards. Mosquitoes in your yard can make enjoying the outdoors unpleasant. More mosquitoes in your yard typically means that more mosquitoes will eventually succeed in penetrating your home and irritating you on the inside of your house as well.

The following are six things to do this spring to repel mosquitoes from your property:

Don't allow stagnant water to collect around your property

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, and stagnant water attracts mosquitoes. You can interrupt the mosquito life cycle in your yard by preventing pools of stagnant water from forming. Make sure that you have proper drainage around your home to avoid puddling. You should also make sure that you don't leave containers that can collect water, like garbage cans or buckets, out in a place where they may fill with rain water. 

Have a filter installed in any pool or pond system

If you have a pool or pond in your yard, you need to take precautions to prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Installing a filter in your pool or pond can allow you to clear out mosquito eggs. If you keep pool or pond water moving constantly by running your pool filter at all times, mosquitoes probably won't even try to lay eggs in your water to begin with because they prefer stagnant water. 

Clear away vegetation

If vegetation is allowed to rot in your yard it could attract mosquitoes, as well as a variety of other insect pests. Mosquitoes will make a home in trees, weeds, and bushes. You need to clear away any dying vegetation and trim back any overgrowth to make your property less attractive to mosquitoes. 

Put up oscillating fans

Oscillating fans are effective at keeping mosquitoes away when you are outdoors because they help to disperse the carbon dioxide that we breathe out. Mosquitoes are attracted to the scent of carbon dioxide because it is given off in the breath of animals that they can feed on. Oscillating fans can not only keep things cool around your property, but they can also make it more difficult for mosquitoes to find you. 

Place bug lights around your property

Some lights attract mosquitoes more than others. If you're using standard incandescent or LED light bulbs in your outdoor lights, your lighting fixtures will probably attract mosquitoes. Special bug lights are designed to emit wavelengths that repel mosquitoes. By using these bug lights in your yard, you can reduce the mosquito population. 

Clean out your gutters

Gutter clogs can allow stagnant water to build up in your rain gutters. This will attract mosquitoes and give them an appropriate environment for laying eggs. 

For more information on mosquito control in your yard, contact professionals like Houston Misting.