3 Ways to Keep Mosquitos Away
- Get rid of standing water.
- Plant mosquito-repelling flowers around your home.
- Mow your lawn more often.
TAKE STEPS FOR MOSQUITO PREVENTION
Knowing how and where mosquitoes like to breed is the key to controlling the population. Reducing the number of places where larvae can grow and killing them as they do will greatly diminish the number of adult mosquitoes around you.
1. Eliminate areas of standing water.
The best way reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard is to eliminate areas where they can lay eggs. Even the smallest amount of standing water can serve as a breeding ground.
- Clean and change the water in birdbaths regularly.
- Use larvicides to treat containers of non-drinking water.
- Get rid of cans, bottles and any other containers that are outside.
- Remove tree stumps where rainwater can collect.
- Use gutter cleaning tools for your roof to free clogs and prevent water buildup.
- Drain toddler-sized wading pools when you’re not using them.
- Avoid overwatering your lawn.
2. Monitor ponds, lakes and landscape water features.
For areas where it’s virtually impossible to eliminate all water, such as ponds or lakes, there are steps you can take to hinder mosquito breeding.
- Introduce fish that eat mosquito larvae, such as goldfish, bluegills and minnows.
- Cut back any plants that surround the body of water.
- Install pond pumps to keep water moving.
- Add larvicides such as BTI (a bacterium that produces a toxin lethal to mosquito larvae) and IGR (insect growth regulators) to bodies of water you don’t want to eliminate. Check packaging to ensure fish can survive in the same water before adding chemicals.
- Use a product with an alcohol derivative to create a film over the surface of the water, causing larvae to drown while ensuring the water remains safe.
3. Protect your home.
Keep mosquitoes from entering your home by repairing or replacing any window screens which are damaged or broken. Add a screen door to outside doors and screen in outdoor porches, pergolas and patios.