Tips to Reduce Mosquitoes in Smyrna, Tennessee
Mosquitoes are a normal part of our summer. Apart from the annoying sound they make, the bite of a mosquito is painful and transmits diseases such as West Nile virus and some others. The fact that the mosquito population likes warm temperature doesn’t mean they cannot be managed.
While mosquitoes are natural parts of the ecosystem, human activities increase their population. To enjoy a mosquito-free summer, here are some ways to reduce these pests in our yards.
Tips On Drastically Reducing Your Mosquito Population
Eliminate Breeding Grounds: Mosquitoes prefer standing water, ponds, or puddles to lay their eggs. Eggs laid outside of water can survive years without hatching. However the eggs start hatching the moment it comes in contact with water. Breeding grounds in your yards or patios don’t only affect you; it affects your neighbors as well. It’s your responsibility to keep your yard taken care of.
Tips On Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Ground
Eliminate standing water: Get rid of or drill holes in old tires in playgrounds to get rid of standing water. Remove or turn over empty pots, buckets, barrels, containers, or other objects that hold water which are not in use and water that accumulates on pool covers.
Clean out eaves and gutters around your house.
Regularly change the water in plant pots and allow plants to hang at least once a week.
Keep Your Surroundings Clean
Mosquitoes avoid places they cannot reproduce or survive. A clean, dry environment drives mosquitoes away.
How To Keep Mosquitoes Out Of Your Space
Adequately cover your garbage cans.
Remove excess grass, firewood, chippings, and leaves from your yard. Lawn debris creates places that can accumulate water.
Clean out pools regularly: A proper filtration system in your pool can prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Put fish that eat mosquito larvae in your ornamental pond.
Put mosquito nets over your rainwater reservoir.
Mosquito Proof Your Home
This prevents mosquitoes from gaining access into your home. Ensure you close doors and windows. And, if you must open your windows, make sure it’s sealed with a screen. Don’t leave holes on your houses exterior, as mosquitos will come in through these holes.
Plant Mosquito Repelling Plants Around Your Home
Mosquitoes are sensitive to specific smell which chases them away. Some shrubs are known to drive mosquitoes away effectively. Examples include marigolds, lemon trees, citronella grass, mint leaves, and tulsi. Plant these close to doors and windows, and it will prevent mosquitoes from coming into your home.
Use Of Essential Oils: Your home can smell tremendous and drive mosquitoes away too. Some essential oils act as repellents and can be used both for your skin (mix with a carrier oil) and house. Examples of these essential oils include tea tree oil, lavender oil, mint oil, and tulsi oil.
If every house in Smyrna follows these tips, mosquitoes are likely to become a forgotten story.
Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about pests or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us. We service most of Middle Tennessee including Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and LaVergne.