There are many different reasons why mosquitoes come into your backyard and garden, as they are attracted to many different attributes. In order to minimize the number of these insects in your garden and keep them away from your outdoor area, you need to acknowledge mosquito natural habits and biology and try to eliminate all of the things that might attract mosquitoes.
Eliminate or decrease the amount of standing water
Mosquitoes enjoy humid conditions, and they need water in order to breed, so you will find more mosquitoes in areas with water bodies in them, or in backyards with pools, buckets, and other water storage and collecting places. So, to limit the number of mosquitoes in your yard, you should try to minimize the presence of any standing water in your area, or if possible, eliminate all water bodies.
Even the shallowest puddles can serve as breeding ground for mosquitoes, as these insects need only half an inch of water in order to lay their eggs. And their eggs turn into full-grown adult mosquitoes within ten days. Therefore carefully look around your garden and eliminate any possible water accumulating spot from jars and buckets to even bird baths and old flower pots and you should see a decrease of mosquitoes in your yard.
Take care of the water bodies and items which are found in your backyard
But, since you can’t really leave your animals without drinking water, which will happen if you get rid of the dog bowls in your garden, keep an eye on these bowls and change the water in them on regular basis. 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, and during rainy days. It will minimize the water accumulating places and possible mosquito breeding grounds all around your yard. Also, if you have items which are covered with a tarp, for example, speedboats, grill or even firewood, tie the tarp tightly, so rainwater pools are not created in the folds of the tarp.
Keep your backyard clean
Trash and unnecessary things laying around your backyard will not only accumulate rainwater and create breeding prone conditions for mosquitoes but also they will be luring in even more insects.
Mosquitoes enjoy trash like dead leaves, plants, and are known to be found in long grass. Therefore, if you want to keep your backyard free of mosquitoes, try to keep it as clean and tidy as possible. Don’t have any unnecessary trash and items laying around. Make sure to cut your grass regularly. And keep your compost stored away in a closed container, where mosquitoes cannot access it.
Treat your backyard with mosquito repellent
To make sure that mosquitoes are keeping away from your backyard, and to make sure that they are not hiding in your grass you can use lawn insect repellents, which have been proven to be very efficient and will work on many different insects and bugs, not only mosquitoes. Once you treat your backyard with a lawn pesticide, you don’t have to redo it for several months, and you can be sure that the overall number of insects will decrease instantly. There is a huge offer of these products out there, but more or less, every product works well and will keep your garden and backyard free of mosquitoes. And bonus, you can also use the law pesticides on trees and plants, and even on the patio area and outdoor furniture.
Introduce mosquito traps, zappers, and citronella candles
And lastly, there are many different insect traps, zappers, and products, which are aimed at decreasing the number of insects in your backyard and outdoor areas. Electrical traps and zappers are very efficient and many of them use electricity instead of toxic ingredients to get rid of mosquitoes.
Whatever method you choose to apply to your backyard, it is important to start with the basics by eliminating mosquito-friendly environment, water bodies, and plant compost. And then you can introduce different products and treatments, which will either catch all of the unwanted insects or keep them from coming into your backyard, depending on the products you decide on using.