Here in the Peach State, we are gifted with long, hot, and humid summers. While it may be the perfect weather for relaxing on our front porch with a glass of sweet tea or enjoying our many beaches, it’s also perfect weather for mosquitos. Mosquitoes, like those pesky fire ants, can ruin your summer fun. Try out these summer mosquito control and prevention tips.
Citronella is one of the most widely sold mosquito repellants. It can be found in mosquito spray, candles, and tiki torches. Mosquitos can’t stand the smell of citronella and will not bite you so long as you are huddled around the source. Since citronella is natural it doesn’t harm beneficial insects and pollinators. This method is best for small and infrequent gatherings because buying candles and refilling torches all summer can get expensive.
Mosquitoes are attracted to scents that are sweet and yeasty. That’s why you seem to be more attractive to mosquitos after you’ve had a couple of beers. You can use this to your advantage by making a mosquito trap baited with sugar and yeast.
To build the trap all you need is an empty two-liter soda bottle. Cut the top part off at the curve and nest it inside the lower half. Add 1 cup of hot water, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of yeast into the bottom of the trap.
Mosquitos won’t be able to resist the smell and will go inside the trap via the new funnel where they’ll get trapped.
If you have an overwhelming amount of mosquitoes in your yard and you don’t live near a pond or swamp, then you might have a lot of standing water in your yard. A female mosquito doesn’t need much water to lay up to 200 eggs at a time.
After it rains take the time to go around and eliminate all standing water on your lawn. This will put a big dent in the mosquito population in your yard and the surrounding area. Mosquitos don’t travel very far for food so this technique can be very effective. Also, be sure to follow proper irrigation techniques so you don’t water your yard too much, making it inviting to mosquitos
If you have pools of standing water sitting in your yard after you water your yard or after it rains, you might have compacted soil which prevents water from being absorbed. This can be ground zero for an explosion in the mosquito population. To loosen up the soil and allow water to soak in you’ll have to look into core aeration.
If you want to get rid of mosquitos and help out some mosquito-eating species at the same time, try installing a few bat houses, purple martin houses, and houses for tree swallows. All three of these animals readily feed on mosquitoes on the fly. Martins and swallows will scoop up mosquitos in the late afternoon and evening while bats will take over for the night shift.
Now that you can enjoy your yard without pesky mosquitoes it’s time to make it the best it can be. At Environmental Turf Management, we provide everything your yard needs from lawn care to pest control. Call us at 770-466-0234 for more information drop us a message here.