Mosquito on the backyard.

How to Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Yard in the Summer

Summer is the season of swimsuits and barbecues. It is when we spend the majority of our time outdoors. The summer also means the mosquitoes are out. These pesky insects take the fun out of any occasion. Mosquitoes give off an annoying high-pitched buzzing sound and leave painful bite marks. Some species of mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as malaria and the Zika virus. Below are some ways you can get rid of mosquitoes once and for all.

Get Rid of Standing Water

Standing water is the ideal habitat for mosquitoes. It doesn’t take long for mosquito eggs to hatch. The eggs will hatch into larvae within 48 hours. All it takes is a bottle cap full of water for mosquito larvae to grow, so take action immediately. Buckets, children’s toys and empty flower pots are prime examples of items that contain standing water. If you have a birdbath, fill it with fresh water on a daily basis.

Clean Your Gutters

Gutters are often overlooked as a mosquito attractor because the main function of a gutter is to direct water away from your roof, instead of collecting it. However, traces of water can be left behind. Clear out any debris and standing water in your gutters and drains. For extra measure, consider buying a guard for your gutter.

Use a Fan

Not only do fans keep you cool in the summer, but they also help prevent mosquitoes from appearing in your backyard. Fans make it difficult for mosquitoes to fly due to the constant flow of air blowing at them. As a bonus, mosquitoes are weak fliers. A fan is a quick and easy way to get rid of these tiny pests. For the best results, look for a fan that is specifically for the outdoors.

Use a Natural Repellent

Some plants produce chemicals that deter animals. They can even repel insects like mosquitoes. Here are some plants that serve as a natural insecticide:

  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Sage

Hire a Professional

If you are looking for a permanent way of getting rid of mosquitoes, Harbor Pest Control is the answer. Since 1948, this family-owned business has provided excellent customer service in the Greater San Diego area. Contact Harbor Pest Control today to schedule an appointment.