It’s summer in Atlanta, and you know what that means: long and hot days filled with plenty of humidity. An environment ripe for mosquitoes.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You could enjoy spending quality time with family and friends in your yard without swatting away those nagging little pests. It’s just a matter of having the right approach to mosquito control.
That means including it in your regular landscape management plan. Keeping your yard maintained will help prevent it from becoming the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Where Mosquitoes Breed
Mosquitoes thrive best around stagnant water. It’s where they like to lay their eggs, and why you’ll see them in large numbers around ponds, marshes and swamps.
But the truth is that they love hot and humid environments. And when they’re not feasting upon your arm or leg for blood, they live off of plant nectar.
That means tall grass, weeds, bushes and shrubs can easily become infested with mosquitoes if left untouched for long periods of time.
So, even though your yard might not have a pond or swamp on it, there are plenty of areas where mosquitos can hide on your property, so it’s imperative to keep your lawn in good shape. It will dramatically decrease the chances of a mosquito infestation.
Don’t Give Mosquitoes A Place To Hide
We know putting your feet up and letting the grass grow for another week is always tempting. But this is problematic because any overgrowth in your yard results in the buildup of moisture, and mosquitoes will flock to it in a heartbeat.
They won’t have a chance to settle in if you don’t give them one. Here are some basic lawn care measures we suggest you keep up with:
- Mowing the grass
- Trimming bushes & hedges
- Cleaning the driveway
- Removing weeds from plant & flower beds
Equally as important to regular lawn maintenance during the summer are spring and fall cleanups. Dead branches and piles of wet leaves left sitting around will attract mosquitos and provide the perfect breeding ground for them, so be sure to remove such debris from your property to avoid a mosquito infestation.
Integrate Mosquito Control Into Your Regular Lawn Maintenance
While maintaining your lawn on a regular basis will help deter mosquitoes from infesting your yard, having a mosquito control program will help achieve maximum results.
Mr. Mister’s ClearZone Mosquito Treatments, for example, is ideal for keeping mosquitoes away. The solutions last up to 21 days and are 100% biodegradable.
- Eliminate any standing water from your lawn
- Keep your gutters free of debris
- Fix leaky garden hoses
- Regularly clean out the pool
Pro Tip: Despite mosquitos living off plant nectar, there are some plants that can help repel them naturally.
Plants like lemon balm, citrosum, peppermint and lavender each have natural mosquito control, so consider choosing them the next time you’re at the nursery.