Living in Florida, we have seen our share of pesky mosquitoes. Mosquitoes carry a variety of diseases – such as West Nile virus, Zika virus, and even dengue fever. It is; therefore, very important that we control mosquitoes as best we can. For if we don’t, life outside is no picnic. Controlling the mosquito population is very important, and one of the first places we should focus our attention on is our own property and surrounding yard.
Before you do anything else, you will want to check your gutters and outside pots. If these items are holding stagnant water, they are prime locations where mosquitoes like to breed. Be sure to clean out your gutters frequently, especially during the rainy season. You could clean out the gutters yourself, or hire a professional company to do it. There are telescoping poles and other available tools that make gutter cleaning an easier task. On such tool is the Orbit 58543 Telescoping Gutter Cleaning Wand. Be sure to purchase one that is made of durable construction and has a non-slip grip (for you will be dealing with slippery water).
As far as the outside pots go, you need to empty all pots with standing water and then cover them back up. I simply empty the pots and turn them upside down – which prevents any future water from collecting in them. I then store the turned-down pots until such time that they are needed again.
If you have birdbaths or ponds nearby, you can safely use Mosquito Dunks to kill mosquito larvae. Mosquito Dunks kills mosquito larvae for 30 days or more. Simply place them in any standing water – even rain gutters and tree holes! Unused or dry dunks last a very long time, and don’t lose their potency.
Another way to help prevent mosquitoes is to improve air flow – such as removing any heavy brush. Most people don’t realize that yards with excessive overgrowth, tall grasses, and wood piles are great hang-out spots for mosquitoes. They love to hide, and will often seek shelter in such places. Therefore, it makes sense to clean up your yard and remove any areas that contribute to their existence. Luckily, we have found one product that we use on our bigger plants and shrubs that seems to work extremely well. It is the Terminix Mosquito Bait & Kill. It is a non-toxic spray, and safe to use around people, pets and food.
When outside, wear insect repellent. Even though most of us don’t like to spray ourselves down with this solution – due to the smell and feel of it – it certainly is better than being bitten by a disease carrying mosquito. Better to opt on the side of prevention. There are some good repellents available that are not oily or greasy, like Off! Deep Woods Insect & Mosquito Repellent.
Thermacell Finally, there are other options available that you might not have heard or thought of. Thermacell has a wide variety of patio shield lanterns and other mosquito protection products. We use a couple of them, and have found them helpful for smaller areas on our patio. You might want to try some of their solutions, of which many are silent and odor free.
I sincerely hope that some of these suggestions will help control the mosquitoes in your own back yard. With a little due diligence, I think it’s possible to reduce the population of these frustrating little suckers – allowing you to enjoy your back yard to its fullest. Good luck!