June is the perfect month. Spring is turning into summer, the weather is warm but not excruciatingly hot, and the calendar is full of graduation parties, weddings, barbecues, and all-around outdoor fun. But there is one problem here in the St. Paul area that could turn your entire month into a nightmare. The dreaded mosquito. When someone says the word mosquito, what comes to mind? Itching, red marks, and annoying are a few. These blood-sucking parasites are enough to drive anyone crazy and move us all back indoors. They are irritating and can potentially carry harmful diseases such as West Nile, Zika, and more.
While we may never fully eliminate every living mosquito, there are ways to combat these pesky insects and reduce the population in your yard. Read on for a few tips and ideas, and start practicing safe techniques that will help keep you and your family safe this summer.
1. Remove Any Standing Water Sources
Most of us are aware that mosquitoes love water. They thrive on our Minnesota lakes, rivers, wetlands, and creek beds. They also love to utilize our flowerpots, birdbaths, and containers left in the yard. If you can fill something with water mosquitoes will find it. This is because female mosquitoes need standing water to lay their eggs. Take a walk around your property and empty anything that can collect rainwater, including water containers for animals, old tires, and rain barrels. This will help prevent mosquitoes from procreating in your yard.
What If I Want to Keep My Water Source?
If draining water is not an option, as in the case of birdbaths and water features, you can prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs with agitators, a device that causes continuous ripples in the water. Or, you can use what is known as bacterial insecticides. Bacterial insecticides are not harmful to birds or other wildlife but will kill mosquito larvae. They come in granules or dunks and can be tossed right into your water source. Once dissolved, they release mosquito-killing bacteria. Either of these solutions will allow you to maintain your elegant water features or birdbaths without mosquitoes.
2. To Combat Mosquitoes Keep a Well-Maintained Lawn
Mosquitoes and many other insects, including fleas and ticks, love tall grassy areas. Help discourage them by keeping your lawn cut, weeds under control, and shrubs trimmed. To avoid pooling water to form, mow your grass earlier in the morning, so the sun has time to dry it out.
3. Cover Your Landscape With Natural Mosquito Repellents
Mosquitoes are attracted to us through scent. Like us, there are certain scents they do not find appealing. One of these is the infamous citronella. The fragrance of citronella masks the smell that attracts these buggers to us. Several other plants serve as natural repellents simply because mosquitoes can’t stand their smell. So, next time you are choosing plants for your garden or landscape, mix and match a few of these, and you can help deter mosquitoes from hanging around.
- Citronella grass
- Lemon balm
4. Keep Those Gutters Cleaned!
A clogged gutter is dangerous for several reasons. Not only can it become a flooding hazard to your home, but it can also become a very attractive home for mosquitoes and other pests. Debris such as dead leaves, twigs, and dirt make a safe, moist environment for mosquitoes, other insects, and rodents. You may not even discover it until it’s too late. Keep those gutters clean and prevent them from becoming a mosquito’s next haven.
5. Install a Ceiling Fan
Surprisingly, while mosquitoes have wings and can fly, they don’t do it very well. Have you ever noticed that there are fewer mosquitoes on a windy day/night? That is because they are not the best at flying. Install a ceiling fan on your outdoor patio, or stick a fan on the patio table, and the area underneath or surrounding the fan becomes mosquito-free. Of course, only the area directly near the fan will remain safe from the wrath of mosquitoes. So be sure to situate yourself and others you particularly like near the fan.
6. Invite Mosquito Predators to Your St. Paul Backyard
While humans despise mosquitoes, bats, swallows, and purple martins feast on them. Bats can eat up to 50% of their body weight in mosquitoes and other insects! Many of the bat species are on the endangered list, so putting up a few bat houses will not only help combat your mosquito population, it will help our planet. There are specific designs of houses that attract purple martins and specific designs that attract bats, so be sure to check out your local home goods store or do your research first.
Eliminate Mosquitoes from Your Backyard With Showcase Lawn Care Inc. Mosquito Control
All of the above tips are helpful and will get you on your way, but if you really want to eliminate the mosquito problem in your backyard, you need the help of professionals. Showcase Lawn Care Inc. offers a highly effective mosquito-control program that will curb the mosquito population on your outdoor property dramatically. It includes three applications throughout the summer and treats areas where mosquitoes live and breed. The best way to protect your family, pets, and guests, is by contacting Showcase Lawn Care Inc. today. Visit our website, give us a call at (763) 425-1200, or contact us here.
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