Summer is approaching, and many of us will be spending these few warm months outdoors. If there’s one thing Tennesseans know how to do, it is throwing a backyard cookout. Whether you are throwing a bash in your backyard or camping out in the woods, there’s always going to be uninvited guests. Namely mosquitoes. These annoying insects can quickly end any outdoor events you had planned.
Here in Tennessee, our forests and mountains make perfect homes for swarms of mosquitoes. This increases your chances of catching mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, West Nile, EEE, and Dengue Fever.
Luckily you can take some control of your outdoor spaces back from these party crashers. Just follow these tips to help you avoid getting bitten this summer.
A lot of people are allergic to the chemicals found in commercial mosquito repellants. But don’t worry, you won’t be easy pickings because there are several natural mosquito repellants you can use that can still protect against mosquitoes.
Just mix these essential oils with some water and put it in a spray bottle, and you got yourself an all-natural mosquito repellent that won’t make you smell like bug spray.
- Lemon Balm
Know Where Mosquitoes Breed
If you want to take a more proactive approach to deal with mosquitoes, then why not go right for the source. Mosquitoes need two things to lay their eggs, protein from your blood, and standing water. Even if you cover your scent, mosquitoes will continue to breed in your yard if there is standing water available.
If you want to cut down the mosquito population in your yard, then it’s time to go around your yard and get rid of any standing water that can be turned into mosquito breeding areas. These can be obvious places such as rain barrels, fountains, and birdbaths to overlooked areas like patio furniture, children’s toys, old tires, rotten stumps, gutters, and ditches.
Defend Your Water Features
As mentioned above, mosquitoes need standing water to lay their eggs, which includes your water features. For ponds and fountains, make sure you have something that is keeping the water in constant motion. This can be achieved with a pump, a fountain, or an aerator.
As for rain barrels, birdbaths, and animal waterers, you’ll have to dump the water at least once a week or use mosquito larvicide tablets that are completely harmless to animals.
Don’t Attract Them
When you are out in mosquito territory, which honestly is anytime you step outside the door of your house, the last thing you want to do is attract attention to yourself. A lot of people don’t fully understand that mosquitoes have many different ways of detecting our bodies.
- Don’t wear dark clothes: Mosquitoes are attracted to the chemicals in our sweat, and dark clothes retain more heat than light color clothes. Dark clothes are also easier to see against the setting sun.
- Don’t use scented beauty products: Mosquitoes also enjoy the smell of your citrus-infused conditioner. When camping, opt for products that are unscented to reduce your chances of being bitten.
- Watch your alcohol intake: Alcohol increases the ethanol levels in your sweat and increases your body temperature.
Hire the Professionals at Emerald Island
Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your outdoor spaces. Take your yard back with mosquito control from Emerald Island Lawn Service. Our season-long Mosquito Control Program includes six service treatments beginning in April and running through September.
Our mosquito control is a great compliment to our lawn fertilization program, which is designed to feed your grass the nutrients it needs to grow healthy and robust to prevent weeds and disease.