With winter dwindling down, the spring season will be here before we know it. Sadly, with the warmer weather and increased outdoor activity, comes the threat of dangerous diseases (like Zika and West Nile) spread by pesky mosquitoes.
Beyond these solutions, there are a few additional steps you can take to prevent mosquitoes in your yard:
Eliminating Standing Water & Bright Outdoor Lighting
Mosquitoes are known to breed in standing water, and can do so in even the most shallow of puddled water (like what’s found in a bird bath).
Most insects, including mosquitoes, are also deeply attracted to any bright outdoor lighting. Instead, opt for yellow bug lighting, which is almost invisible in the eyes of an insect.
Investing in Citronella Candles, Torches or Plants
While not nearly as effective of a solution as our Mr. Mister mosquito sprays, citronella is a safe, natural repellent that is found in many anti-insect products and mosquito sprays.
Citronella can also be found in some potted plants or loose bush, which can be utilized for strategic arrangement around your yard and outdoor spaces.
Using an Outdoor Fan
It’s a known fact that mosquitoes (as well as many other insects) struggle to fly in severely windy conditions.
Thus, large fans can aide in creating an effective mosquito-barrier that surrounds the grill and your patio. Additionally, you can also opt for small clip-on fans, which can protect individual guests.
Trying an Electronic Insect Killer.
Bug zappers are meant to attract and kill unwanted mosquitoes and other insects using small doses of ultraviolet lighting.
While an annoying solution (given the sound they make and unsightly design), newer models have become easy to empty and clean. Most bug zappers are even battery-powered to provide quick maneuverability and movement.
Planting Some Catnip
While this tip may sound crazy, growing fresh catnip in potted plants or in your garden can temporarily repel mosquitoes that plague these areas.
Nepetalactone, which is a natural oil found in catnip, is safer and more effective than DEET (found in typical store-bought mosquito repellents).
If all of these options seem like too much of a hassle, you can always opt to have an automatic mosquito misting system from Mr. Mister installed discreetly in your yard. Our automatic mosquito misting systems are designed to perfectly fit your yard, and require no maintenance or up-keep.
You simply have it installed and the system itself disburses our mosquito spray throughout your yard automatically each day to create a barrier between your yard and the dangerous mosquitoes lurking nearby.
We hope you’re finding our Atlanta Mosquito Control blog helpful and informative! For more information on what makes Mr. Mister Atlanta’s premier provider of innovative Atlanta mosquito control solutions and techniques click here. Or, visit our Testimonials page to see what some of our satisfied customers are saying.