Nothing ruins a fun day faster than an itchy, red mosquito bite. You may be tempted to skip going outside to avoid mosquitoes, but there are things you can do to avoid these pests. We’ve gathered information to help you prepare for mosquito season.
Tips to Prepare for Mosquito Season
When temperatures consistently reach above 50 degrees, mosquitoes become active. Before they arrive, you’ll want to take steps to deter them from hanging around your yard. Here are a few tips to prepare for these hungry pests.
Eliminate Standing Water
Mosquitoes thrive in areas with water, so eliminating moisture build-up is important for keeping these pests away. Mosquitoes only need about ½ inch of water to breed. Remove objects in your yard that can collect water like empty flowerpots or toys. Regularly replace water in pet bowls and birdbaths. Keep your gutters clean to help ensure water doesn’t accumulate.
Keeping your lawn in good condition is important in reducing mosquito activity. Mow your lawn regularly and trim shrubs and bushes. You’ll also want to remove yard debris. This includes things like piles of leaves that could act as a potential breeding spot.
Seal Entry Points
One of the best ways to avoid bug bites is to ensure they can’t get into your home. Mosquitoes can easily fit through tears in window and door screens. Examine your screens and replace or repair any that are damaged. If you don’t currently have screens, you may want to consider adding them before mosquito season arrives.
Create a Protective Barrier
For added protection, you can spray your yard with a botanical insecticide spray. Our Mosquito & Tick Killer doesn’t just kill mosquitoes on contact. It also provides residual repellency. This creates a barrier that will help keep mosquitoes out of your yard.
Tips to Prevent Mosquito Bites
Once mosquito season arrives, these pests will be actively looking for a meal. Check out a few things you can do to help prevent a mosquito bite.
- Avoid Peak Mosquito Hours: Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk. If possible, you’ll want to avoid spending time outside during these hours.
- Choose Your Clothes Carefully: Covering your skin is one of the best ways to avoid bug bites. When you can, wear long sleeves and pants. Mosquitoes are drawn to darker colors, so it’s best to wear lighter shades.
- Avoid Strong Fragrances: Wearing strong fragrances can make it easier for mosquitoes to find you. When spending time outside, it’s best to use unscented hygiene products.
- Use an Outdoor Fan: Mosquitoes aren’t the greatest flyers. Using an outdoor fan can make it harder for them to reach you.
- Use a Natural Bug Spray: Our Natural Insect Repellent is formulated with natural plant essential oils. Not only is it effective at repelling mosquitoes, ticks, and flies, it’s also more family-friendly. We recommended applying it every two hours or as needed for best results.
No one wants to deal with a mosquito, which is why being prepared is so important. Taking the time to mosquito-proof your yard and home can help you prevent an infestation. If you’re dealing with a pest problem, we want to help! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Pest Control products.