With warmer weather on the horizon, many families are looking forward to the long days and memorable nights of spring and summer. But Southerners know there’s a price to pay for the nicer weather—those ubiquitous mosquitoes. If you’re tired of swatting and itching when trying to enjoy your outdoor living areas, consider the following simple tips for evading these insects on your own.
How to Take Care of Mosquitoes Yourself
1. Eliminate Pooling Water
Mosquitos flock to standing water because this is where they breed. After the female insect lays hundreds of eggs, or rafts, on the water’s surface, the babies need only an inch of water to hatch. Therefore, bird baths, clogged gutters, and landscape areas with poor drainage will have a disproportionately large number of mosquitoes eager to hang around. Eliminate any sources of standing water to keep these pests at bay, and don’t forget to empty your dog’s outside water bowl and turn it over every time you go back into the house.
2. Invest in Mosquito-Repelling Plants
You can also encourage mosquitoes to seek a home far away by planting or placing certain plants in your outdoor living areas. For example, citronella, catnip, and basil are known to keep mosquitoes away. Because of the scents they give off, these plants mask other odors that mosquitoes are attracted to, leading them to avoid the vicinity altogether.
3. Screen in Your Patio or Porch
The most foolproof method, of course, is to put up a barrier between your outdoor living space and these hungry pests. Screening in your patio area will allow sunshine and fresh air in while keeping pests out. You can even ask for a screened front porch to enjoy balmy, bug-free nights with a cold beverage, a rocking chair, and uninterrupted conversation.
If you’re desperate to keep mosquitoes from invading your home life, get in touch with Backyard Enclosures of the Blue Ridge, GA, area. This family-operated company has been installing screens for porches, decks, sunrooms, and other outdoor living areas for over 30 years, and they’ll be happy to help you enjoy some peace and quiet. To learn more about their high-quality products and services, visit the website. Call (706) 835-1256 to arrange for a complimentary estimate.