How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in your Yard

Author: Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington DC

Enjoy The Height of Summer Mosquito-Free!

This is the time of year when everyone has tips for the right way to get rid of mosquitoes in outdoor spaces. Every home and yard is different, and people don’t always want to do the same things in their yards and gardens.  So how do you find the best way to get rid of mosquitoes?

Take it from us, the experts. There’s an option in here for you!

The basics

Some things just always need to be done when they can to prevent mosquitoes from thriving in your yard. These Must-Do’s are based on how mosquitoes live and breed — that is, they like dark places with still water to lay eggs, and it doesn’t take much water or very long to bring a new generation into the world.

Our tips:

  • Change or empty out the water in yard decor, including bird baths. Be aware, this may also include things that don’t normally hold water, like play sets with slides and swings.
  • Check the tarps you use to cover outdoor furniture and appliances and make sure they’re tight. If there’s a dip in the fabric, water can gather there.
  • Put away gardening supplies, toys, and pools that can gather water. This includes buckets, watering cans, kiddie and dog pools, wheelbarrows, and kiddie wagons. If they can’t be stored inside, turn them upside down so they cannot hold standing water.
  • Keep a clean yard. This includes mowing the lawn and clearing out leaves, weeds, berries that have fallen to the ground, and unusable firewood.
  • Treat any standing water that cannot be removed with.

DIY and natural choices

You’ve handled the standing water, but that’s not the last step you should take. Your next choice doesn’t need to be expensive, or even an insecticide! In fact, you can even choose temporary options if you don’t use your yard often, but want to keep it clear when you do use it for parties or a quiet evening in the amazing weather.

Natural options:

Believe it or not, garlic will actually keep vampires away… if the vampires in question are mosquitoes. You should use caution here, but only because not everyone enjoys the smell of garlic. You can do something as simple (and less smelly) as broadcasting garlic powder on the yard, but you can also get serious about it by tossing 2 to 4 bulbs of garlic with a little water into a microprocessor and pulse until creamy. Strain any solids that are left and mix well with 1 gallon of water in a pump sprayer.

Essential oils will work as well outside as they do inside. You can use essential oils from mint, citronella grass, lavender, lemongrass, cinnamon, and others in oil burners, blended into yard sprays, or even just strategically applied directly to walls and furniture. These can also work great applied to yourself! (Make sure you dilute essential oils in a carrier oil before applying to skin. Some people may be allergic to certain oils, so please use them with caution.)

Grow certain plants, like catnip, marigolds, lemon-scented geraniums, ageratum (also known as flossflowers), or horsemint. They work similarly to essential oils, warding off mosquitoes thanks to their bug-offensive smells. They offer the bonus of supporting pollinating bees and bringing a little color to the yard.

Easy to use:

A simple fan with a rotating head can actually make all the difference. Mosquitoes are weak fliers, so strategically placed fans will keep them out of the way.

Like a fan, an air curtain can keep away mosquitoes. They’re most effective for use with porches.

Traditionally, high-mosquito areas have used netted curtains to keep out mosquitoes and all kinds of other insects. When it comes to your yard, you can make this into a fashionable option that hangs around porches or other outdoor furniture.

Spread cedar chips among your plants or near the porch. These are easy to buy and don’t require any extra work to be effective!

Treat the yard with insecticides yourself:

There are a number of insecticides available on the market. Simply head to the nearest home improvement or gardening store and you can find all sorts of hand-pump, fogging, and hose spray options. If you choose to do this, you need to be very careful and follow all the instructions that come with the product. Pay close attention to whether or not you can spray blossoms, and whether or not it’s harmful to get on toys for children or pets. You also need to make sure no one goes into the yard for as long as required.

You also need to pay close attention to how long the treatment will last and if/when it needs to be reapplied.

Insecticides can be dangerous to you, your family and friends, and your pets if not used properly. If you choose to apply them yourself, do so at your own discretion.

Hire professionals to treat your yard:

Combining the basics and easy to use options with professional application is the most effective way to treat your yard. Insecticides aren’t required — for instance, at DC Mosquito Squad we offer an all natural option. Professionals know what to look for, what needs special attention, and are trained to cover the outdoor space as completely and effectively as possible.

At DC Mosquito Squad, we offer a customer portal that will show you when the next round of treatment is scheduled and to request a re-treatment if you feel it’s necessary. We handle the maintenance of our misting systems, too. With our service, there’s nothing for you to worry about because we’ve got you covered.

No matter which option or combination of options you choose, make sure you use repellent or keep covered when you go outdoors and keep standing water out of the yard. It isn’t hard to have a safe, mosquito-free summer!

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