Mosquito-Proofing Your Home: Simple Steps for Effective Protection
Are you plagued by mosquito swarms in your yard? Rose Pest Solutions offers tips on using mosquito repellent plants and mosquito repellent.
Nothing ruins a pleasant summer evening like the presence of mosquitoes. That irritating mosquito buzz brings a sense of dread as you anticipate the mosquito bites you will be dealing with for the next few days. What can be done? Always protect your body, using repellents liberally and frequently (like sunscreen). Make sure your repellent has EPA-registered active ingredients. One of our natural favorites is oil of lemon eucalyptus. It smells much better than common alternatives and is safe for the whole family (3 years and older) to use. Here, we offer some more tips from Rose Pest Solutions, to help you reduce your risk in both your indoor and outdoor spaces.
• Plan before you plant.
Lush ornamental shrubbery and dense groundcover may appeal to you aesthetically, but mosquitoes love the shady resting spots you’ll provide with that kind of landscaping. While mosquito repellent plants can help, it’s more effective to provide a less welcoming environment for mosquitoes. Keep your lawn and bushes trimmed because the denser the vegetation, the more inviting it is for mosquitos to breed. Be careful not to overwater gardens or flowers, because excess moisture makes a yard more appealing to mosquitoes.
• Minimize moisture.
Most insects need water to survive and most mosquitoes need water to breed. In fact, as little as a bottle cap full of stagnant water provides a suitable spot for larvae to thrive. Get rid of any standing water to reduce the mosquito population in your yard, dumping water out of kids’ toys, buckets, plant saucers, wheelbarrows, and chairs after it rains. Clean your gutters to keep them flowing properly, making sure debris isn’t causing backflow onto your house or waterfalls off the roof. If you want water features, keep them moving, either with flowing water or fish like koi or goldfish, to discourage mosquitoes from breeding. Indoors, fix leaks promptly and don’t let water sit in the sink.
• Up the air flow.
Moving air discourages mosquitoes from congregating, so you can use a fan to keep these little pests at bay, whether you’re in the house or on the porch. Mosquitos are not strong fliers. They have to land about every 3-4 feet as they fly. They’re not strong enough to fly against a fan, so positioning the fan under a table will deter them from biting legs and feet. Blowing the air out and away from you will keep them from approaching. It is also important to allow enough space between plants in your garden for air to circulate, so mosquitoes don’t have as many places to rest and hide. Properly spaced plants also have enough room so that moisture doesn’t build up on and around them; lower moisture means fewer mosquitoes.
• Protect your patio.
Screen in your patio, or protect your outdoor living space with mosquito netting, which can add a dramatic flair while also serving a practical purpose. If you’re choosing where to place outdoor furniture, remember that mosquitoes prefer cool, shady spots, and plan accordingly.
• Check your screens.
If you’re seeing mosquitoes inside your house, the problem could be your window screens. Maintaining the screens on your windows, doors, vents, and chimneys, to prevent them from gaining access to your home.
When you need help controlling mosquitoes, trust the experts who have been protecting homes and business for over 160 years. Since 1860, Rose Pest Solutions
has been a trusted name in Chicago and the Midwest, and while our services have evolved, our values have remained the same. A family owned, local, American business, we strive to provide careful, conscientious, professional pest control solutions, conducting business in line with the highest standards of integrity and ethics, and making customer satisfaction our top priority. Our customer care team and service technicians provide honest, reliable pest control service that is guaranteed, and we’re licensed, trained, and certified by the Departments of Public Health and Agriculture. Our roots in the community are deep, and we remain connected to our neighbors through education, volunteerism, and outreach. For more information, call 1-800-GOT-PESTS? or schedule an appointment
through our website.