It's annoying when you're trying to enjoy an evening with friends hanging out in the backyard and all you can concentrate on is the swarm of mosquitoes that are feasting on your guests and inspiring everyone to slap the little vampires away.
So how do you still enjoy the hot summer nights without gearing up in head to tow mosquito netting?
Keep reading for five tips on how to keep mosquitoes away.
Plant a Repellant Garden
If you're a gardener, you'll appreciate this excuse to get dirty and exercise your green thumb.
There are several plants that can help keep mosquitoes at bay. Planting some of these options in strategic locations around your property can help you enjoy your space.
- Lemongrass (citronella grass)
- Basil or Rosemary
Speak with your local greenhouse nursery experts about exactly which plant will work best for your situation and environment. During an evening in the yard, you may want to break a few of the stems or plants off to release the smell and effects of the plant.
Candles with some of these natural ingredients may not only help with mosquitoes but also add to the ambiance. If you are barbequing you may want to place a sprig of fresh rosemary near the coals to help get rid of mosquitos and give your meat a nice smoked rosemary flavor.
Some areas will have a yearly problem that lasts for a few days to a few weeks.
If it's a temporary or small problem, you may have better success with an individual defense with a vanilla spritz, Deet spray, or a mosquito repellant bracelet.
Serve a meal that's heavy in garlic so that everyone will be their own bug repellant.
If it is a persistent or overbearing issue you may need the expert support of Womack Pest Control or another company for help.
No Standing Water
Having a pond and water features are a great idea and can create an oasis in your own backyard but be sure there is a pump or circulation so that you don't have pools of standing water that will attract mosquitos to your space.
A pond with fish will actually help get rid of bugs if you take care of the pond and fish diligently.
If you have areas that don't have proper drainage after a rain, empty containers that collect water, or other places where stagnant water collects, you could be actually inviting more bugs, so make sure that you turn empty containers over, dump standing water and create proper draining opportunities for all areas of your backyard.
Attract What Eats Them
Fish aren't the only thing that will eat mosquitos. There are other creatures you may find more desirable than mosquitoes or building a fish pond.
A single dragonfly can eat up to a hundred mosquitoes in one day.
Bats are also great at keeping mosquitoes away by consuming as much as 1200 in a day. Some people even keep bat houses on their property to keep the little vampires close to home.
Birds such as the purple martin, swallows, and many migrating North American songbirds enjoying feasting on mosquitoes and provide you a song while doing it.
Get a Bubble Machine
If you want the most fun way to get rid of mosquitoes, give all your friends a bubble wand, plug in the bubble machine and enjoy a bug-free evening of bubbly fun.
Keep Mosquitoes Away So You Can Play
Try the above tips to keep mosquitoes away so that your family and friends can have a fun and bug-free summer.
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