There are many different reasons why mosquitoes come into your yard. Many different attributes attract them. To minimize the number of these insects in your yard and keep them away, you need to know their natural habitats and biology. Then you can try to eliminate all the things that might attract mosquitoes.
Eliminate or Decrease the Amount of Standing Water
Mosquitoes enjoy humid conditions. They need water to breed, so you’ll find more mosquitoes in areas with bodies of water. The same goes for backyards with pools, buckets, and other places to store and collect water. So, to limit the number of mosquitoes in your yard, you should try to minimize the amount of standing water in your area. If possible, you should get rid of all bodies of water.
Even the shallowest puddles can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Keep in mind that these insects need only 0.5 in. (1.27 cm) of water to lay their eggs. Their eggs will turn into full-grown adult mosquitoes within 10 days.
Therefore, you need to carefully look around your garden and eliminate any possible water accumulating spots. This can range from jars and buckets to birdbaths and old flowerpots. If you do this, you should see a decrease in the number of mosquitoes in your yard.
Get Rid of the Items That Hold Water
Since you can’t really leave your pets without drinking water, keep an eye on these bowls and change the water in them regularly. Also, if you have a kiddie pool or any other containers that might collect water in your yard, remember to turn them over when not needed as well as on rainy days.
This will cut down on the number of water accumulating places and possible mosquito breeding grounds in your yard. Also, if you have items covered with a tarp, like speedboats, a grill, or even firewood, tie the tarp tightly so that rainwater can’t collect in its folds.
Keep Your Yard Clean
Having trash and unnecessary things lying around your backyard doesn’t only accumulate rainwater and create breeding places for mosquitoes. It will also attract even more insects.
Mosquitoes enjoy trash like dead leaves, plants, and long grass. So, if you want to keep your backyard free from mosquitoes, try to keep it as clean and tidy as possible. Don’t leave any unnecessary trash or other items lying around. Make sure to cut your grass regularly. Keep your compost stored in a closed container, where mosquitoes can’t access it.
Treat Your Yard With Mosquito Repellent
To make sure that mosquitoes keep away from your yard and keep them from hiding in your grass, you can use lawn insect repellents. These have been proven to be very efficient and will work on many different insects and bugs, not just mosquitoes.
Once you treat your backyard with a lawn pesticide, you won’t have to redo it for several months. You can be sure that the overall number of insects will decrease instantly. There is a huge number of these products out there, but most products work well and will keep your garden and backyard free from mosquitoes.
As a bonus, you can also use many lawn pesticides on trees, on plants, in the patio area, and on outdoor furniture. Make sure you read the label first, of course.
Introduce Mosquito Traps, Zappers, and Citronella Candles
Finally, there are many different insect traps, zappers, mosquito yard sprays and other products out there. These aim to decrease the number of insects in your yard and outdoor areas. Electrical traps and zappers are very efficient. Many of them use electricity instead of toxic ingredients to get rid of mosquitoes.
Whatever method you choose, it’s important to start with the basics by eliminating anything that creates a mosquito-friendly environment. This means getting rid of bodies of water, overgrown plants, and compost. Then you can introduce different products and treatments. These will either catch the unwanted insects or keep them from coming into your yard, depending on the products you decide on.