Mosquitoes are some of the most annoying lawn pests. They carry diseases such as the Zika virus, West Nile virus, and malaria, and their bites can be incredibly itchy. If you and your family enjoy spending any time outdoors, it can be helpful to prevent mosquitoes so that you’re not constantly afraid of getting bit. Instead of spraying chemicals directly on your skin (which may or may not work), consider some of these comprehensive measures.
1. Get rid of standing water/cover water features
The mosquito uses stagnant water as a place to lay their eggs, so standing water is essentially a breeding ground for mosquitoes. A simple way to get rid of or prevent a mosquito infestation, then, is to address areas around your lawn where water collects. Some common places with standing water that tend to attract mosquitoes include:
- Clogged gutters
- Planters or flower pots
- Fish ponds
- Swimming pools
2. Plant lemongrass
Did you know that you can use lemongrass to prevent mosquitoes? Citronella, the oil found in lemongrass, is one of the most natural ways to repel mosquitoes! Instead of using torches or buying citronella candles, plant lemongrass instead! Near a fire pit, along walkways, or even in planters on your deck are perfect places to plant this “mosquito-fighting” plant.
3. Invest in professional insect control
Depending on how extensive the problem is, you may need to get your lawn treated professionally in order to fully eradicate the mosquito problem. A pest control professional can help you not only get rid of mosquitos but also help prevent them from returning.