Living near a lake can be a dream, with spectacular views and ample opportunities for water sports and summer fun. Unfortunately, there’s one major drawback to living near a large body of water, especially in the summertime, and that’s mosquitoes. These irritating insects can be found on almost every continent, and especially near water, as this is where they breed. Tackling mosquitoes can seem like an impossible task for anyone with a lake or pond on or near their property, as it’s impossible to totally eliminate their breeding ground.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes in and around your house this summer. Read on to find out how you can get rid of mosquitoes if you live near a lake.
Install fans around your home
Installing ceiling fans around your home is a simple yet effective way to deter mosquitoes. The wind created by these fans makes it difficult to mosquitoes to fly, strongly repelling the insects. Not only this, but fans can also prevent bites by scattering and dispersing the carbon dioxide we exhale. This gas is a major attractant to mosquitoes and one of the main ways in which they home in on your location, so using a fan can make it far harder for mosquitoes to find and bite you.
A portable fan can also be used outdoors to keep your patio mosquito-free as you enjoy those long summer evenings. This method is not only highly effective but has the added benefits of being easy to implement and 100% natural.
Fit screens on your windows and doors
Living near a lake can mean large numbers of mosquitoes invade your yard every summer.
While there’s little you can do to stop them from coming, you can take steps to keep them out of your house!
Mosquitoes will get into your house by any means possible and often find their way in through the gaps around windows and doors. Screens are a reliable way to solve this problem, as they create an impenetrable barrier behind even open windows. If you already have mosquito screens in place, make sure to fix any holes in the mesh before spring rolls around, as the insects can sneak in through even tiny tears.
Make use of mosquito-repelling essential oils
Various essential oils (such as clove, citronella, eucalyptus, and lemongrass) have been scientifically proven to repel mosquitoes. While their effects may not last as long as those of insecticides, plant extracts are a natural, non-toxic way to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your yard and home. Whip up a homemade spray by combining a few drops of your chosen oil with water and use this to spritz your house and yard or invest in a diffuser to dispel evening mosquitoes.
Eliminate mosquito breeding grounds near your property
Mosquitoes breed and lay their eggs near and in water so, if you live near a lake, you’ll never be able to eliminate them completely. However, you can discourage the bugs from setting up home in your garden by removing all sources of standing water. This can accumulate in flower pots, buckets and on pool covers, so dump it out wherever you can!
If you have a water feature in your garden that you cannot empty, consider treating it with a biological larvicide to kill mosquito larvae as they hatch. This breaks their reproductive cycle and can help to significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home, helping to prevent bites and home invasions.
Consider using an insecticidal spray
If the mosquito situation in your yard is out of control, heavier pest control methods may be the answer. Foggers and sprays can be used to apply insecticidal agents to your yard that will kill mosquitoes on contact. Many sprays also have residual effects that continue to repel the insects for weeks after treatment, making this an attractive option for people with heavy mosquito infestations.
How to control mosquitoes if you have a pond
You may not live near a lake, but if you have a pond on your property you are just as likely to encounter problems with mosquitoes this summer. Happily, there are a few simple steps you can take to transform your pond from mosquito breeding ground to charming water feature. Read on to find out how!
Aerate and circulate
Mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs in still, standing water. You can, therefore, disrupt their breeding cycle by making sure your pond water is anything but calm! Ruffling the surface of the water with a submerged aerator of a surface fountain can prevent mosquitoes from breeding there. By breaking the mosquito life cycle, you can drastically reduce the overall number of mosquitoes around your yard.
Introduce and encourage natural predators
One effective bio-control method is to introduce and encourage natural predators of mosquitoes around your pond. Various fish species are known to dine on mosquito larvae, so stocking your pond with these can be a reliable way to reduce mosquito numbers. Dragonfly nymphs are another well-known predator of mosquito larvae; you can encourage their presence around your pond by adding water plants and reeds for them to perch on.
This method of control is not only effective in reducing mosquito numbers around your yard, but it’s also an entirely natural way of doing so!
Consider using a larvicide
Biological larvicides are selective mosquito killers, meaning they eliminate larvae without harming any of the other critters that live in your pond.
This is a highly effective way of reducing mosquito numbers, as it breaks the reproductive cycle and results in far fewer mosquitoes reaching adulthood. And the fact that larvicides only target insect larvae also makes them 100% safe to use in homes with children or pets.
If your water fountain, pond or birdbath is a hotbed for mosquitoes, this can be the easiest and quickest way to address the problem.
Living near a lake has many benefits that can improve your overall quality of life, but mosquitoes aren’t one of them. Anyone who lives near a body of water will know what a nuisance these insects can be throughout the spring and summertime, but what can you do about it? Though you’ll never be able to get rid of them entirely (unless you drain the lake) you can take steps to reduce the number of bugs around your home. Using repellent sprays, fans and preventative control measures around your yard and home can all help to slash their numbers, meaning you can finally get on with your summer in peace!