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Tips to Stop Mosquitoes from Ruining Summer Fun

Summer is almost here and warm weather will beckon people into backyards across the country. Unfortunately, unwelcome guests like pesky mosquitoes often want to join the festivities. Not only can mosquitoes be a biting nuisance, but they can also cause allergic reactions in some people and pets. Certain species can spread dangerous illnesses such as dengue fever, West Nile virus and Zika virus.

Minimizing mosquito threats in your yard is of primary importance during summer months, but your outdoor decor and landscaping actually may be attracting mosquitoes. Dr. Mark Beavers, Orkin entomologist, recommends these tips for keeping mosquitoes at bay this summer.

Minimize Standing Water
Mosquitoes only need a thimble-sized amount of stagnant water to reproduce. To reduce breeding areas, check your backyard for stagnant water in bird baths, under potted plants and even in your pet’s water bowls. By refreshing water often or eliminating standing water sources, you can reduce the number of places mosquitoes can reproduce.  If a backyard pond is part of your decor, make sure the water is circulating properly.

Plant Smart
Backyards are often filled with places a mosquito can hide, reproduce or feed. Planting smart and keeping vegetation growth in check can cut down on the number of mosquitoes in your yard. Be sure to trim, prune, weed and mow often to keep vegetation under control because mosquitoes love to hide in damp, dark places.

Think carefully about where you place flowers and plants in your backyard so they don’t attract mosquitoes to the places you sit or entertain. Flowering plants can offer a delicious meal for female mosquitoes that need to feed on flower nectar between blood meals. Plants that trap water in their leaves can also be a prime place for mosquitoes to breed.

It is a great idea to include some plants that repel mosquitoes in your garden. Lemongrass and lavender are some great options. Adding a few potted herbs like basil, mint and rosemary can also help keep pest away.

Turn on the Fans
Another trick is to use mosquitoes’ weaknesses against them. Most mosquitoes are poor flyers, so a simple deterrent is to make it difficult for them to fly. Consider installing a fan on your deck or patio, or even bring a portable fan outdoors.

Also remember your backyard basics: clothing and repellents. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, so keep your summer wardrobe light and breezy. Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and long pants are typically your best bet. Mosquitoes can bite through tight-fitting clothes made of materials like spandex. Keep your scented body sprays and perfumes to a minimum, as mosquitoes can be attracted to strong smells. When you’re heading outdoors, don’t forget to apply a topical repellent spray approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

By taking these simple steps this summer, you can minimize mosquito populations in your backyard and stop mosquitoes from meddling in your summer fun. Visit for more pest prevention tips or to bring in a professional to assess your pest protection needs.

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  • Reply Julie Wood

    I never thought about a fan to deter mosquitoes. That is such a good idea because who wants to get bitten when outside this summer!

    May 23, 2017 at 8:15 am
  • Reply Rosie

    This is good info, as I didn’t realize doing these things would help with the mosquitoes. I like the fan idea, too. I wonder if this would help for “no-see-ums,” too. They can ruin a camping trip along with the mosquitoes!

    May 23, 2017 at 10:13 am
  • Reply DealinDiva

    Thank you for the tips, we just moved to the country and these will come in handy.

    May 24, 2017 at 7:30 am
  • Reply Kimberly “kaflickinger73” Flickinger

    These are excellent tips, thank you for sharing these.

    May 29, 2017 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Michelle S

    Good tips – I especially like the one about a fan. I wouldn’t have thought of that one.

    May 30, 2017 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Stacey Roberson

    Great tips! The mosquitoes are terrible in our backyard during the warmer months, so we could definitely use the advice.

    May 30, 2017 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply gracefulcoffee

    These are all great tips! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    June 1, 2017 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Cynthia R

    I’m going to try the fan. I seem to attract more mosquitos than others around me. I heard it has something to do with your bloodtype.

    June 2, 2017 at 8:35 am
  • Reply SaraAB87

    These are great tips for stopping mosquitos.

    June 3, 2017 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Michelle S

    My daughter is heading to camp next week so we will have to remember the “light” color clothing.

    June 13, 2017 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Janet W.

    These are great tips! There’s nothing worse than being eaten alive by mosquitos whenever you step foot outside!

    June 16, 2017 at 6:18 am
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