It is always great to spend some time outdoors when the sun is shining, but mosquitoes can quickly ruin the party, when they come to join you with their itchy stings and disease-carrying potential.
When you are being plagued by bugs like mosquitoes, there will be plenty of us looking up pest control in New Orleans, or wherever you happen to be, so that you can enjoy your day in the garden without any problems.
Here is a look at some things that you can do to deter mosquitoes and keep them out of your backyard, so you can enjoy your BBQ in peace.
Good health reasons
It can be very annoying to have your outdoor fun spoiled by mosquitoes, but far more important than their nuisance factor, there are good health reasons why you need to do what you can to keep them away.
There have been some bad seasons recently in the U.S, which set unwelcome new records in terms of the number of reported cases of West Nile virus, according to information gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is therefore important to take steps to reduce the risk of health issues as a result of a mosquito bite.
Avoid standing water
A natural way of reducing the prospect of mosquitoes being attracted to your garden in the first place, is to ensure that you don’t offer conditions that are attractive to them.
If you have a pnd or a birdbath in your garden, you should be aware that anything that is holding still or stagnant water, will prove irresistible to mosquitoes, so get rid of the water if you can, or install a pump so that the water is circulated and is kept clean.
Some plants can help
There a number of plants that you can use in your yard that will look great but serve a good purpose too, in helping to deter mosquitoes.
Lavender, marigolds and catmint, are three examples of plants that have natural mosquito-repellent qualities.
Citronella is another popular choice. It is one of the most common ingredients used in mosquito repellents and the citronella candles are universally used to keep mosquitoes away, but you can also buy the citronella plant itself, which will give off a much stronger aroma than some of the products that contain it, so it makes an excellent natural choice.
Air curtains and traps
Commercial premises have been using air curtains for some time, to keep mosquitoes away and allow customers to avoid being bitten, and they are now available for use in residential outdoor spaces.
Installation and maintenance of these curtain systems is relatively easy and their noise level is not that intrusive. The cost of one of these systems could prove prohibitive, so you could also consider the option of a portable mosquito magnet trap.
One unit should provide ample protection for your property and it works by enticing mosquitoes into a trap.
If you want to enjoy your outdoor living experience, make sure you take steps to mosquitoes away.
GUEST BLOGGER: Robert Kunst has been honored with many prestigious industry awards in pest control, both personally and for the company and is currently president of Fischer Environmental Services. He has extensive knowledge in pest control, having worked in the industry since 1974.