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Don’t Let the Bugs Bite: 3 Ways to Ward off Mosquitoes in Your Backyard

Not only are mosquitoes and their bites endlessly annoying, but these biting little buggers also carry a wide variety of diseases; the Zika virus, West Nile virus, as well as encephalitis, can be transmitted through mosquito bites. Keeping mosquitoes away from your home and yard is a must.

Get Rid of Any Standing Water

The first line of defense against mosquitoes is to stop them from breeding in the first place. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water; this could be water collected in a rain gutter filled with debris, an empty flower pot, an old tire or anything that could collect rain, an unused kiddie pool or even a trampoline. Water that circulates through a filter, such as a swimming pool or a fish pond should be okay.

Drain any standing or stagnant water you find. If you can’t drain the standing water, sprinkle used coffee grounds into it; this will prevent any mosquito eggs from hatching. Mosquitoes can’t fly far, so eliminating their breeding spots around your yard will greatly reduce the chance they will become a nuisance around your home.

Try a Mosquito Repelling Home Remedy

There are quite a few environmentally safe home remedies to keep mosquitoes away. You can burn citronella candles, or you can burn pinion wood in your outdoor fire pit to keep mosquitoes at bay.

Likewise, you can make a mosquito-repelling spray. Combine equal parts stale beer, Epsom salt, and mouth wash. Spray this mixture around your yard. Don’t worry, the smell will dissipate, but will continue to repel mosquitoes. Apply at the beginning of the summer, and reapply mid-summer.

Another easy trick is to place a few drops of a lemon dishwashing soap, or even lemon essential oil on a paper plate, and hang it up at the far corner of your yard. The mosquitoes will be attracted to the lemon scent, rather than you.

Landscape Your Yard to Repel Mosquitoes

Red cedar mulch repels mosquitoes; place it liberally around your trees and plants. Likewise, there are many plants that can repel mosquitoes and other insects. Lemon-scented geraniums are excellent for repelling mosquitoes. Other aromatic plants to consider are marigolds, lavender, rosemary, basil, mint, catnip, sage, and allium. Coincidentally, many of the garden plants that keep away insect pests can also be used in the kitchen as herbs.

There is no reason to suffer from mosquito bites this summer. A few simple steps are all it takes to remain mosquito-free all year. Try a DIY approach, but if all else fails, you can always contact pest control to help you find lasting solutions.

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