Our Top Mosquito Control and Prevention Tips

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Mosquito season is well underway and as the summer moves on, the mosquitoes continue to affect how much you can enjoy the outdoors.

We often get asked questions like “what are some things I can do to keep mosquito problems at a minimum around my home?”

Here are our top tips that homeowners should know to keep mosquitoes under control.

Get rid of standing water

Mosquitoes love water—that is their breeding ground and water pooled up anywhere around your yard will attract these bug biters!

A few tips to keep standing water to a minimum:

  • Make sure your outdoor faucets are not dripping or leaking. Leaking faucets (and hoses if they’re connected) can quickly make small puddles that are perfect for female mosquitoes to lay their eggs in.
  • Clear any items in your yard that can act as a catch basin—this includes kid’s toys, empty planters, and buckets. If you find water sitting in any items in your yard, dump it out and if the item needs to stay in the yard consider covering it with a tarp or some other material that will keep water out.
  • Keep your downspout and gutter areas clear. This is another place where water can pool and be an inviting space for mosquitoes to breed. While you can’t get rid of your downspouts (you wouldn’t want to anyway) you can place decorative rocks, mulch, or even sand in the area to absorb water and allow to get to the ground without pooling.

Decorative plants act as natural repellents

You may not have a green thumb, but putting in a little garden work is good for you and good for your mosquito control activities.

There are many decorative plants that are great natural mosquito repellents and are fairly easy to maintain. If you are looking to spruce up your yard and garden consider planting some of the following:

  • Horsemint—is a drought resistant plant, and grows fairly fast. It can reach up to three feet high and produces flowers that bees enjoy (a good thing) but gives off a scent that mosquitoes hate.
  • Catnip—this may not be a good choice if you have cats, but if you’re cat free then this plant is a great natural mosquito repellent. In some reports catnip has been shown to be more effective than even DEET repellent.
  • Marigolds—these ornamental plants contain pyrethrum, which is used in many insect repellents and also has a distinctive odor mosquitoes find offensive.

Keep your yard and grass well trimmed

No one enjoys cutting the grass in the dog days of summer (well, no one we know!) but short grass limits the amount of resting and breeding places for mosquitoes.

One thing to be aware of is to know the ideal length for your species of grass. While you want to keep it as low as possible, you don’t want to cut it so low you potentially damage or kill it, which can lead to other yard problems.

For insect control, especially mosquito prevention, around you yard a qualified pest prevention company can do wonders to help you enjoy the outside. Inman-Murphy provides professional insecticide and yard treatments to keep mosquitoes at bay.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or free consultation for your mosquito control needs!

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is President of Inman-Murphy Inc., one of the fastest growing pest control companies in Memphis, TN.