By contributing writer Laura
It’s summertime, which means the mosquitoes are wreaking havoc on backyard barbecues and other outdoor fun. Perhaps you or a family member is a mosquito magnet and constantly battling the bugs, swatting and slapping away all summer. To be honest, summer can be downright miserable if you have allergic reactions to mosquito bites and endure swelling and irritation.
Mosquito control expert Damien Sanchez of D.C. Mosquito Squad offers a variety of services to keep mosquitoes out of clients’ properties. He shares that those on a tight budget can take a number of inexpensive, preventative measures that can drastically reduce the mosquito population in their yard. It all begins with targeting the breeding areas, finding ways to be less attractive to mosquitoes, and getting effective repellants.
After talking with Damien and doing some research, below are some simple and frugal steps you can take to keep the mosquitoes at bay.
1. Get Rid of Standing Water
Mosquitoes thrive near stagnant water, so it is important to make sure you get rid of standing water in your yard. That means tipping over yard toys, like wagons, that may collect rainwater. Mosquitoes need only a small amount of water, say a few tablespoons, to breed. Once mosquito larvae hatch, they don’t typically fly far, so standing water on your property could lead to a load of mosquitoes.
2. Keep Landscaping Neat
Be sure to limit foliage, yard clippings, and leaf piles, where mosquitoes and other bugs like to harbor or feed. Keeping your landscaping trimmed and limiting ivy and junipers will decrease places where the mosquitoes can seek shelter.
3. Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants
Mosquitoes are naturally repelled by a variety of plants. Fill your garden with plants such as marigolds, rosemary, catnip. citronella, peppermint, and garlic. If you don’t have the room for a garden in your yard, try some potted plants.
4. Don’t Wear Perfume
Fragrances such as cologne and perfume can supposedly make you more appealing to mosquitoes. Avoid wearing scented fragrances when spending time outdoors for any lengthy amount of time.
5. Choose an Effective Repellant
According to the CDC, the most effective repellents on the market today contain DEET. If you’re shopping for a repellent, look at the label to see if DEET is an active ingredient. You’ll find many of the big name brands that produce DEET repellents also offer manufacturer coupons during the spring and early summer, so check online and in your local newspaper inserts to save more money using their coupons.
6. Use a Fan
Since mosquitoes are not strong flyers, having an electric fan positioned on your deck, patio, terrace, or play area is an easy solution to the bug problem. The wind circulating from the fan should blow mosquitoes away from you, so they don’t have the chance to land.
7. Try DIY Remedies
Try these free and inexpensive tips to keep the biting bugs away this summer and take back your backyard!
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