Nashville and Murfreesboro TN
With summer comes enjoying the outdoors. Whether you are entertaining friends or family for a barbeque, playing with your kids outside, or just hanging out and relaxing, summer evenings are often enjoyed outside. But, it can be hard to enjoy it when you are getting eaten alive by mosquitos. A top-rated pest control company in Murfreesboro, Ameri Care Services, hopes that you will enjoy the outdoors this summer with these mosquito prevention tips.
Mosquitos love standing water, it’s where they lay their eggs. Female mosquitos can lay as many as 100 eggs at a time and about 300 in a lifetime, according to the CDC. Since mosquitos don’t travel too far from where they were hatched, you can clearly see how even one mosquito can cause an infestation of these pesky bugs.
- Remove containers or keep stored upside down. Check around your property for any containers, flower pots, kids toys, inflatable pools, bird baths, or anything else that retains water, and dump it out regularly, especially after rainfall. Remember also to check your gutters, which can retain water if they become clogged. Keep flower pots well drained, and don’t over water causing the soil to retain too much moisture, an attraction for mosquitos and other pesky insects.
- Fill in low spots in your yard and ensure proper drainage. If you have any shaded areas that tend to retain moisture in the soil, this could attract mosquitos. If you are not able to add proper drainage to your yard, you may want to consider hiring a professional. Not only will it help keep the mosquitos away, but also will provide you with a place you can enjoy without it becoming messy and soggy all of the time.
- Avoid bug lights or zappers, which only attract mosquitos but don’t actually kill them. While they may work well for other flying insects, they don’t work for mosquitos. If you need lights on outdoors, consider using yellow light bulbs installed in your light fixtures. These can be found at your local hardware store. Speaking of lighting, keep your shades closed at night because lights from your windows also draw mosquitos toward your property.
- Use citronella candles or oil, which when burned will act as a mild mosquitos repellent. While this may not be enough to eliminate all mosquitos, it will help, especially if used in conjunction with the other tips mentioned.
- Run a fan on your porch or deck since mosquitos aren’t good fliers. The air becomes too strong for them to be able to fly well. Not to mention, the extra airflow probably will feel pretty good on those muggy summer nights.
While it is impossible to rid your yard of every single mosquito, these efforts combined can make a difference. You may also want to limit your outdoor activities during dawn and dusk hours, which are when mosquitos are most active. One of the best prevention methods is to have your lawn professional treated for mosquitos. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, please contact Ameri Care Services by calling (615) 893-7111.