Hot and humid weather is a breeding ground fit for a Mosquito King. We know how irritating it is to be harassed by Mosquitos while just trying to enjoy your time outside. Not only is it irritating but it is also dangerous. Mosquitos carry so many viruses and diseases. They can even be harmful to your pets. Mosquitos are actually considered the most deadly insect in the world! They are responsible for carrying and transmitting things like Malaria, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya, West Nile, Dengue Fever, Filariasis, and Zika. They can even ingest different blood-borne pathogens from one host and transfer to another and another and another and so on. The combination of rain and heat is what creates an ideal environment for breeding. They lay their babies on the surface of the water. Let’s look at some ways that you can ward off Mosquitos and even prevent them from breeding in excess in your yard and around your home.
Mosquitos only need temperatures of 50 degrees Fahrenheit to thrive. Also, their eggs can remain suspended in water until the temperatures rise again. The most important thing to do around your yard is to ensure that you don’t have any standing water that has collected. Make sure that any and all outdoor toys, furniture, etc. have sufficient drainage. It is also important that if you have a pool you are maintaining the chemicals so that there isn’t a safe water nest for Mosquitos to lay their eggs. Even making sure that your yard itself has proper drainage will cut down on the amount of Mosquito activity that you see. After it all is said and done and you have done your due diligence in cutting down on standing moisture here are a couple of other ways that you can discourage these annoying pests from hanging around.
Mosquitos have an incredibly strong sense of smell, which is why they have no trouble finding you when they are hungry. Mosquitos hate scents like lavender, peppermint oil, geranium oil, cinnamon bark oil, lemon eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, catnip, rosemary, and pine oil. Many of these are easily maintained plants that you can plant in pots and station around your deck or even plant directly in the ground. Rosemary, lavender, and even peppermint will take off and since they don’t find that smell very appealing, it will act as a barrier. Planting citronella plants is one very common way to ward them off.
It’s also so important to remember that Mosquito bites can cause harmful illness and disease for your pets as well so make sure that you are keeping them up to date on their heartworm medications and regularly visiting the vet to ensure their safety.
We know how important it is to have peace of mind and be protected from these small and very dangerous pests. Start with doing what you can to eliminate the cause and let us help with the rest. Give us a call today so that you can rest easy this summer!