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Top 10 Tips For Keeping Your Yard Free of Mosquitoes This Summer:

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy your backyard, whether you’re hosting barbecues, relaxing on the patio, or simply spending time with family and friends. However, nothing can ruin outdoor fun faster than a swarm of pesky mosquitoes. These unwelcome guests not only cause itchy bites but can also carry diseases. To help you reclaim your outdoor space, we’ve compiled the top 10 tips for keeping your yard mosquito-free this summer. With a few simple steps, you can create a more comfortable and enjoyable environment, free from the constant buzzing and biting of mosquitoes.

1. Eliminate Standing Water

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water. Regularly empty and clean bird baths, pet water dishes, and any other containers that collect water. Think outside of the box on what might be gathering water, it could be an old wheelbarrow or a bucket left somewhere in your yard or underneath your deck.

2. Maintain Your Gutters

Clogged gutters can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Ensure they are clean and free-flowing to prevent standing water and leaf litter/debris from accumulating. Summit Environmental Solutions also offers gutter guards to prevent your gutters from getting clogged. Contact us today at 703-520-5868 to learn more.

3. Use Mosquito-Repelling Plants

Plant mosquito-repelling plants such as citronella, lavender, marigold, and basil in your garden. These plants naturally deter mosquitoes with their scent.

4. Install Outdoor Fans

Mosquitoes are weak fliers, so installing outdoor fans on your porch or patio can help keep them at bay by creating a breeze they can’t fly against. Taking indoor fans out to the porch or patio while you are outside should also work, especially if they are the rotating kind.

5. Apply Mosquito Repellents

Use mosquito repellents on your skin and clothing when spending time outdoors. Choose products containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus for effective protection.

6. Contact Summit Pest Control

The best way to eliminate mosquito populations on your property is to contact the licensed experts at Summit Pest Control for effective pest control treatments. We can eliminate the current population of mosquitoes on your property, and we offer monthly and quarterly preventative treatments to keep them from establishing a population on your property.

7. Keep Grass and Shrubs Trimmed

Mosquitoes like to rest in tall grass and dense shrubbery. Regularly mow your lawn and trim shrubs to reduce these hiding spots. If you have leaf litter in your yard, mosquitoes will often be hiding underneath it. Eliminating this excess leaf litter will prevent mosquitoes from spending time in your yard.

8. Install Mosquito Netting

Use mosquito netting around outdoor seating areas and over patios to create a physical barrier that prevents mosquitoes from reaching you.

9. Treat Water Features

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so if you have ponds or other water features, treat them with mosquito dunks or other larvicides to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Ensure the water is circulating with a fountain or aerator.

10. Invite Natural Predators

Encourage natural mosquito predators like dragonflies, frogs, and birds to visit your yard. Installing bird baths, ponds, and birdhouses can help attract these helpful creatures.

By following these tips, you can significantly reduce the mosquito population in your yard and enjoy a more comfortable and mosquito-free summer. The best way to eliminate the mosquito population on your property and prevent them from coming back is to contact the experts at Summit Pest Control. We offer mosquito control and regular mosquito prevention services, so you don’t have to worry about getting bit by these bugs again. Contact us today to get started at 703-884-2124!  

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