Proven Methods To Naturally Eliminate Mosquitoes
Sometimes you just have to go to war, and that is the case if you want to eliminate mosquitoes from your patio and garden areas. The stings of mosquitoes can ruin the time you spend outdoors. On top of that, they are vectors for some very serious diseases. Luckily, there are ways you can naturally combat these pesky pests without a lot of work.
Remove Leaf Litter
Leaf litter provides a haven for mosquitoes to reproduce and seek shelter. Remove any areas of leaf litter that may be in your garden beds. Be sure to include areas under decks and around firewood stacks.
Eliminate Standing Water
Standing water is a magnet for mosquitoes. It provides them an ideal place to lay eggs, producing hundreds of more mosquitoes in a very short period of time. Eliminate any and all standing water by emptying out the bottoms of flower pots, pet bowls and watering cans. Make sure there is no standing water in lawns and gardens. If there is, re-grade as needed. One other often overlooked potential area is the house gutters. If they are not completely draining, consult a gutter company to correct the gutter’s pitch.
Use Plants That Naturally Repel
There are many plants that naturally repel mosquitoes. These include Marigolds, Basil and Lemon Balm to name a few. See our blog post 10 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes for a more complete list. Use these plants near wherever you and your family spends time. If out in the yard, plant them in adjacent garden beds. If on the patio, integrate them into your flower pots.
Use Citronella Candles
Citronella candles and tiki torches not only create ambiance, the repel mosquitoes and other annoying insects. Place them around the patio about thirty minutes prior to using the space. This will help assure that the mosquitoes are long gone before you are there. Remember to use good fire prevention practices to avoid a mishap.
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