Five Easy & Effective Tips To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Austin Yard
March 15, 2021
Nothing ruins a fun summer day in the backyard quicker than a brood of blood-sucking Mosquitoes. These opportunistic pests are always on the hunt for their next meal, and unfortunately, you and your loved ones are always on the menu.
Mosquitoes' annoying humming and thirst for blood aren't the only things you have to worry about, these dangerous insects also spread some of the world's deadliest diseases. Learning how to safeguard your home from mosquitoes is a great way to help make sure your yard remains a safe place for you and your family to enjoy. Let's get familiar with these tiny terrors and discover five easy & effective tips to keep mosquitoes away from your Austin yard.
What Exactly Is A Mosquito?
Mosquitoes are common flying insects that feed on the blood of animals and humans. They have slim segmented bodies, one pair of wings, three pairs of long thin legs, and elongated mouths. Mosquitoes are fairly small, typically only measuring up to 0.4 inches as full-grown adults.
Where Do They Live?
Mosquitoes hang out in tall grass, bushes, and weeds near populated locations like homes and businesses. They like to breed in stagnant water found around homes. The still water can be on the ground or in unbothered items like buckets, tires, cans, or other containers.
Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?
A mosquito's bite itself isn't dangerous and typically only results in light swelling and irritation/itching. Mosquitoes can, however, be vectors of serious and possibly fatal diseases. Meaning, their bite itself doesn't cause disease but they can carry harmful diseases and spread them to the people or animals they bite. These diseases include West Nile virus, yellow fever, dengue fever, and malaria.
How To Reduce The Presence Of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are attracted to very specific conditions. By reducing or eliminating certain mosquito-friendly conditions, you can greatly reduce the chances of these pint-sized pests hanging out around your Austin home. Below are five steps you can take to reduce the mosquito population around your home:
Eliminate Standing Water And Clean Up Clutter
Perhaps the most effective way to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home is by eliminating standing water. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Furthermore, by keeping your yard clean and clutter-free, you can reduce the number of places mosquitoes have to congregate or lay eggs. The following tips can help reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property:
- Clean gutters and inspect them for clogs.
- Empty any buckets or items that easily collect water.
- If there are any spots in the ground that allow water to pool, fill them in.
- Remove weeds and overgrowth where mosquitoes love to hide.
- Get rid of trash or piles of leaves, sticks, etc.
Plant Mosquito-Repelling Plants
Certain potent smells naturally repel mosquitoes. Many of these smells come from plants that are easy to take care of throughout the year. Below is a list of common plants that you can use to ward off mosquitoes.
- Citronella (and other scented geraniums)
- Bee balm
Attract Natural Predators
By attracting birds that prey on mosquitoes, you'll let mother nature do most of the hard work for you. While this isn't a method that will completely eliminate your mosquito issue, it can go a long way in letting them know they're not welcome. Below are a few birds that feed on mosquitoes:
- Purple Martins
Mosquitoes are attracted to the light that comes from traditional light bulbs. By using yellow LED lightbulbs, you can achieve a lighting effect very similar to conventional outdoor lights, while also reducing the chance of mosquitoes.
How Bella Bugs Can Help
The easiest and most efficient way to get rid of mosquitoes is to call the experts at Bella Bugs. Our Mosquito control methods are time-tested and proven to eliminate these flying critters in a safe and effective manner. We treat your front yard, backyard, and any standing water on your property to make sure every mosquito hotspot is taken care of. Schedule your free inspection today or contact us at 512-856-6905 for any pest-related questions.