HOW TO GET RID OF MOSQUITOES IN YOUR NEW HOME
You moved into your new home and are trying to enjoy a night out on your deck, or you’re outside planning your new garden.
You poured a glass of lemonade, and are ready to kick up your feet for the night. Then this terrible hissing sound buzzes past your ears.
Welcome to summer — and mosquito season.
For those who are new to Marin City north of San Francisco, you may have already hired the best Marin movers and are ready to enjoy your new yard, but if you have not lived in an area that has had to deal with these pesky flying bugs, you may not know that there are things you can do to help save your fun outside this season.
Mosquitos are the annoying neighbors who can ruin a good night watching a sunset or playing Corn Hole in the backyard with family and friends. But there are steps you can take to make sure summer is saved for everyone this year. Here are a few options to take care of mosquitos so you can enjoy your new home.
STOPPING THE BUZZ
Mosquitos love something about your yard and now it’s your job to make sure you don’t have the five-star hotel that has all the amenities that they want.
Here are some tips to make sure you’re not a concierge for the bugs:
- Make sure there is no standing water in your yard. Mosquitos love water and any nearby will bring them out. If there is standing water near your property, that may have to be addressed with the help of neighbors.
- Get rid of debris. As long as you have places for mosquitos to hide, they will never leave.
- Add mosquito-repelling plants to your landscape like lemongrass, mint and basil.
- Apply an insecticide.
WHAT PERFUME YOU ARE WEARING
Although some scents can work as a repellent, that cologne or perfume you are wearing also can attract mosquitoes. Think about the last time you spritzed that scent…did you get bit up? Keep that in mind when picking a perfume for the day.
THE MYTHS ABOUT MOSQUITOS
You might have heard what color of clothing you wear and what you eat or drink like bananas or beer, can attract or repel mosquitoes. But according to a CNN report in 2014 on the myths of mosquitoes, the bugs don’t really care. The Center for Disease Control states that carbon dioxide and heat are the biggest draw for mosquitoes. So the more you give off, the more the mosquitoes like you.
And buying a candle may not help. According to the CDC, Citronella candles are not a strong repellent for mosquitos.
WHAT REPELLENTS TO USE
THE CDC recommends using an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellent. And make sure to always apply insect repellent after sunscreen.
Look for items that use DEET.
REPELLENT TIPS FOR CHILDREN
- Dress your child in clothes that covers their arms and legs.
- Cover strollers and carriers with mosquito netting.
- Do not use products that contain oil of lemon eucalyptus or Para-methane diol on children less than 3 years old.
- Apply repellent to your hands before putting on a child’s face.
APPLY AN INSECTICIDE
This is usually a last resort but can be affective to get ride of mosquitoes if nothing else worked. Note that this also can hurt other things like butterflies, bees and other insects you may want to keep.
A FEW QUICK TIPS
- Get a clip-on mosquito repellent like OFF!
- Use torches in your yard! This not only can make your party look great, but the smoke from them can drive away mosquitoes.
- Get a mosquito lamp.
HIRING THE BEST
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