Thanks to Florida’s warm and humid weather year-round, mosquitoes are something we pretty much have to learn to live with. With Zika and other mosquito related illnesses going around many of us are starting to be more cautious. Below we offer you some simple tips on how to keep mosquitoes away from your home.
Check for standing water
Even the smallest bit of standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes! Asses the outside of your home and yard thoroughly and drain any standing water. Don’t leave out birth baths, kiddie pools, buckets, toys, etc. where water can easily accumulate. Make sure to also keep your gutters clean and free of debris so water can drain properly.
Certain plants like citronella, catnip, and lavender are natural mosquito repellents. Plant these throughout your yard or place the potted plants by your front entrance or patio to keep mosquitoes away naturally.
Maintain your lawn
Mosquitoes love cool shade as much as they love water. Mow your lawn regularly to avoid overgrowth and keep shrubs and plants trimmed down. Always pick up and dispose of clippings as soon as possible since.
Prep your patio
Installing (and using) outdoor fans can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes pestering you and as a bonus you’ll remain cool. Citronella candles or tiki torches can also help keep these insects away. If you’re barbecuing try throwing a fresh rosemary sprig into the coals, the smoke and scent is said to keep insects away.
Call the professionals
If your home seems to be unusually busy with mosquitoes or you have large areas that need to be treated like an outdoor pond, it’s best to call in a professional. Residents of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties can also report high mosquito activity in their area and request spraying.
Spring and Summer are the seasons with highest mosquito activity. Stay ahead of the game and avoid bites and potential illnesses by following these simple tips for keeping mosquitoes away from your home.