3 TECHNIQUES TO KEEP
MOSQUITOES OUT OF
YOUR BACKYARD OASIS
The value of
never more apparent
than in 2020. Over
the last year-plus,
much of the world
has been forced to
stay home as a global
claimed millions of lives while countless others have had to
fi ght to survive in hospitals. It’s no surprise people have looked
for a respite from the harsh realities of living during a deadly
pandemic, and many turned their attention to their own backyards
to provide such an escape.
The online home remodeling platform Houzz reported a 58
percent annual increase in project leads for home professionals
in June 2020. Contractors who specialize in outdoor spaces
saw the biggest increase in demand. A revamped outdoor
space can provide the perfect retreat for homeowners who
want to get away from it all. But one winged, unwelcome guest
can quickly transform an oasis into an uninviting space.
Mosquitoes make their presence felt in many areas each summer.
These pesky, often hungry insects can carry disease, and
their bites can be painful and itchy. Homeowners can try these
three techniques to keep mosquitoes out of their backyards.
1. Remove standing water.
Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, who don’t
even need a lot of water to successfully breed. A daily walk
around the property may uncover kids’ toys, empty fl ower pots
or other small receptacles that can collect water. Even clogged
gutters can lead to the accumulation of a small amount of water,
and that can be enough for mosquitoes to breed. Remove
these potential breeding grounds when you fi nd them, and do
so each day, as mosquitoes mature from eggs to nymphs in
roughly four days.
2. Mow regularly.
Mowing the lawn so the grass never gets too high is another
way to make a backyard less hospitable to mosquitoes. The
pest experts at Terminix® note that mosquitoes seek tall grass
to protect them from the elements, including wind and hot
summer sun. Mowing enough so grass never gets too high in
summer can make backyards less inviting to mosquitoes.
3. Plant with mosquitoes in mind.
The home remodeling experts at HGTV note that plants can
be part of homeowners’ strategy to repel mosquitoes. Various
plants have mosquito-repellant qualities. For example, bee
balm releases a fragrance as it grows, and mosquitoes don’t
like that fragrance. Homeowners can speak with a local lawn
and garden professional for recommendations about plants
that can thrive in their region and repel mosquitoes at the same
Mosquitoes can make it hard to enjoy a backyard oasis. But
various strategies can help homeowners keep these unwanted
guests out of their backyards.
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