Nothing ends a good time outdoors faster the moment mosquitoes begin their assault on humans. Not only are mosquitoes annoying and itchy, they carry deadly viruses and parasites that can be transferred to people and even pets when bitten including West Nile and Zika.
We always recommend being vigilant about mosquito protection and keep those peaky bugs away from your yard while you are enjoying your backyard.
Mosquito-repelling plants can provide a line of defense so that is always a great starting point. These plant such as Lemon Grass, Citronella plant and even Cat Nip have fragrances and oils that deter mosquitoes and most are available at your local nurseries.
Another layer of protection area homeowners use is a monthly mosquito mist or add a misting system to your yard. Having your yard sprayed monthly reduces mosquitoes – and most companies will guarantee their work. Companies typically use a pyrethrin insecticide that is water based and extracted from plants. Monthly treatment can run anywhere between 65 and 100 dollars.
Having larva control in areas where you know you may have free standing water keeps them from hatching altogether. Keeping your yard free of standing water is also huge help.