Living in Central Florida, there is little chance that you’ve gone this long in your life without having experienced the dreaded mosquito. These nasty bugs can quickly turn an outdoor barbecue into an indoor party. But mosquitoes are more than pesky annoyances, they can carry dangerous diseases.
So how can you protect your family home from mosquitoes this summer?
Install Fans In Your Outdoor Living Space
Ceiling fans have waned in popularity over the years, but in outdoor spaces, they play double duty. They help keep you cool enough to enjoy being outdoors during the hot summer weather and create enough breeze to blow the mosquitoes away from you. Of course, simply installing a fan will no eliminate mosquitoes from your yard, you’ll need more much more of an intervention to get rid of them completely.
Remove Or Cover Open Water Sources
Mosquitoes, like most bugs in general, prefer warm, damp habitats. So, any open, standing water source on your property can become an ideal breeding ground for noseeums. This includes bird baths, kiddie pools, and any other containers that catch rainwater and aren’t regularly emptied. Additionally, if there are areas of your property where standing water collects and doesn’t drain properly after it rains, these areas should be addressed.
Install Landscaping That Repels Pests
There are some plants that naturally repel mosquitoes. You may consider planting some of these around your outdoor living area to scare away the mosquitoes. Basil, lavender, and rosemary repel mosquitoes and double and herbs for your kitchen. Some other recommendations are marigolds, geraniums, and even catnip. All the neighborhood cats will love that!
Invest In Pest Control Services
Each of these different practices is an excellent short-term solution to the pesky mosquitoes that threaten to break up your summer barbecue, however, they aren’t necessarily eradicating the mosquitoes and their larvae that are taking up residence on your property. The best way to rid your yard of mosquitoes is to have it treated regularly by a certified pest control specialist.
Soon, Florida’s short spring season will roll straight into summer. Make sure you have done your due diligence to make sure your outdoor spaces are safe and comfortable for your friends and family. At Holder Termite and Pest Control, we have worked for over three decades to protect our client’s homes and yards from pests of all kinds. Contact us today for a free estimate from one of our local, experienced specialists. We’d love to help you bring the party outside at your house this summer!