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How to Control Mosquitoes Around Your Home and Yard

Mosquito season will be here before you know it, and these pests show up hungry. It’s never too early in the season to start mosquito-proofing your home and yard. Preventive measures are always the key to winning the battle against any pests. We’ve gathered information to help you prevent and control a mosquito infestation.

How to Prevent Mosquitoes

How to Keep Mosquitoes Out of Yard

Removing potential attractants is key to preventing mosquitoes. Eliminating their breeding sites will help to disrupt their life cycle and keep these pests from bugging you. Check out a few tips to keep mosquitoes out of your yard.  

  1. Eliminate Standing Water: Mosquitoes love to breed in stagnant water. Minimize the accumulation of water around your house as much as possible. Empty collected water out of wheelbarrows, old tires, buckets, and open containers. Remove or fill hollow trees and stumps where water can gather. Refresh water regularly in birdbaths, flowerpots, kiddie pools, and pet dishes.
  2. Inspect & Clean Gutters: Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts regularly, especially if there are trees on the property. Wintertime clogging can stop up drainage systems, creating puddles of stagnant water. This can attract mosquitoes. Keep your gutters clean.
  3. Get Rid of Yard Debris: Remove leaves and other yard debris from your yard. Don’t forget to clean under your deck. Leaves, logs, and grass clippings can provide mosquitoes with hiding spots. Keeping your yard clean can help keep these bloodsuckers away.
  4. Repair Leaky Pipes: Repair or replace any leaky outdoor faucets, hoses, air conditioning units, and irrigation sprinkler pipes. This moisture build-up can lure mosquitoes to your yard.
  5. Keep Vegetation Trimmed: Mosquitoes harbor in shady places including tall grass or dense shrubbery. Keep grass cut short and trim shrubs and trees. This will help to minimize places where mosquitoes can hide.
  6. Check for Proper Drainage: Examine your yard for proper drainage. Fill in any low areas where water may accumulate when it rains.
  7. Seal Entry Points: Make sure your door and window screens are in good repair. Patch any holes or replace the screen. An 18-by-16 mesh is the recommended size. Don’t forget to check screens surrounding decks, porches, and patios. Seal any holes or openings in exterior walls and your home’s foundation.
  8. Clean Your Pool: For the most part, mosquitoes stay away from well-kept swimming pools. Chlorinated water is less inviting to these pests. Keep the water circulating by using your pool’s pump. Remove leaves and other debris from your pool. Pool covers can collect water, so be sure to check for and eliminate moisture build-up.

Where do Mosquitoes Breed?

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

Natural Insect Repellent

Mosquito control doesn't stop with bug-proofing your yard. You also want to protect yourself from mosquito bites. We’ve made a list of tips to help keep mosquitoes from biting you.

  • Avoid spending time outside in the early morning and evening when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear light colors and long sleeves and pants whenever possible.
  • Avoid wearing perfumes and lotions with strong fragrances. Choose scent-free hygiene products when heading outdoors.
  • Apply a mosquito repellent like our plant-based Natural Insect Repellent. It repels mosquitoes, ticks, and flies.

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Mosquito & Tick Killer

Plant-based insecticide sprays can help to keep your yard free of mosquitoes. Our Mosquito Fogger provides up to 7 days of residual protection and kills mosquitoes on contact. Our Mosquito & Tick Killer kills mosquitoes too. It also provides you with residual repellency. Spraying your yard can create a protective barrier that helps to deter mosquitoes.


    What do you do to prevent mosquitoes at home and in your yard? Leave us a comment below!


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