When people think about biting and stinging insects, the mosquito is usually at the top of the list. Mosquitoes can make your outdoor experience miserable. What’s worse is that mosquitoes can carry the deadly West Nile Virus. In Charleston, the weather and geography are very favorable for producing large number of this annoying insect. Some might be left to wonder what they can do to protect themselves and their families from this outdoor threat.
There are a few things you can do to help control the mosquito population. Remember that you will never be able to completely eliminate mosquitoes, but following these simple steps can go a long way to helping you enjoy the outdoors.
1. Get Rid of Standing Water
It’s that simple. Eliminating stagnant water eliminates the source that mosquitoes use to lay their eggs. You may have sources of water such as bowls for pets or a garden fountains. Completely drain and refill these 2-3 times a week so that mosquito larva won’t have a chance to grow and hatch. A pond on your property is also a big attraction for mosquitoes. However, stocking your pond with fish can help reduce the amount of larva that actually make it to become adult mosquitoes.
2. Consider Natural Sources
There are a few varieties of plants such as lemon grass and lemon balm that contain citronella, a natural deterrent to mosquitoes. The oils given off from basil plants are also an effective natural deterrent. Birds, like the Purple martin, also feed on mosquitoes. Consider building bird houses to attract Purple martins or use bird feeders to attract other types of birds to encourage them to hang around your yard. Tall grass gives a place for mosquitoes to hide and breed, so consider keeping your lawn cut and maintained as well.
3. Chemical Sources
Mosquito repellents containing DEET, citronella candles and other chemical products can help you from getting bit by mosquitoes, but doesn’t do much to eliminate mosquito populations. However, this temporary solution can help you enjoy outdoor activities for a time.
4. Consider The Experts
Consider using the Mosquito Squad Difference for Mosquito Control. The experts at Mosquito Squad know exactly what to do when you want to enjoy being in your yard and doing the things you love the most. Their years of expertise and their methods for controlling mosquitoes are the best in the greater Charleston area. Call the experts at Mosquito Squad and get your yard back today.