Mosquitoes. The one thing about Summer in Northeast Ohio that most of us would love to live without. But sadly they’ll be visiting us again soon. The internet is filled with tips and suggestions on how to repel with these flying pests, but are there ways to prevent them in the first place? Lets find out.
1. Remove Standing Water
This is the first thing that you must do and the best part is it does not cost a dime. At first glance around the yard you may not see potential mosquito breeding grounds. Most of us think of ponds and fountains as the sources of standing water that mosquitoes flock to. The truth is, even a little water in the bottom of a sand bucket could be enough to attract mosquitoes.
– Bird Baths and garden ponds
– Outside toys (buckets, shovels, sandboxes, wagons, kiddie pools, etc..)
– Clogged/Faulty Gutters
– Below and Around Downspouts
– Flower pots
-Yards with drainage issues
Tip: Get into the habit of checking for standing water after it rains.
2. Keep the yard mowed and shrubbery trimmed
An overgrowth of vegetation is a surefire way to attract mosquitoes. Be sure to remove any piles of debris as well including twigs, leaves, and grass clipping piles.
3. Consider growing mosquito repelling plants
Plants that may help include Citronella, Catnip, Peppermint, Lavender, Basil, and Marigolds. Here in Ohio, you’ll want to check and see which varieties are hardy for our climate. Planting in pots is safe for most of these plants, and can be placed around the areas you spend the most time outdoors such as a patio or deck.
4. Add a fountain to your bird bath or pond to keep the water moving
Home stores sell products made specifically for this purpose just ask in the lawn and garden section for some advice.
5. Install a bat box
It may sound crazy, but bats do indeed eat thousands of mosquitoes! If you live in an area that offers that type of habitat bats prefer, you may just be in luck! Stark Parks offers bat box building workshops a few times a year.
6. Invest in mosquito repelling and killing products
After you have exhausted all other options there are products for sale such as bug zappers and pesticide sprays that may be of help if you live in an area that is infested badly. Look on Amazon, or at one of our local home improvement stores.
7. Check the screens in your home for holes and tears.
It’s bad enough having mosquitoes outside, we don’t want to invite them indoors too!
Remember that mosquitoes are most active from dusk until dawn.