People dislike mosquitoes for good reason. They can ruin an otherwise beautiful summer evening. Fortunately, there are quite a few ways to repel mosquitoes from your property. Let’s look at the most effective ways to make sure those pesky insects stay away.
How to Repel Mosquitoes from Your Property
1. Keep Them Outside
If mosquitoes can’t come into your home, you’ve solved a big portion of the problem. Keep all windows and doors closed. Attach screens over the windows and install a screen door to help keep insects out. There are strips available to seal gaps around your windows and doors so mosquitoes can’t get inside.
2. Remove Stagnant Water on the Property to Repel Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes breed in humid, damp areas like pools and puddles of standing water. Twigs and leaves in your gutters can cause a blockage that creates a small pond where mosquitoes can breed. Empty watering cans, kiddie pools, dog bowls, and any other containers of water because they provide a perfect place for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.
3. Rid the Yard of Mosquitoes by Planting Natural Repellents
Natural mosquito repellent plants include citronella, marigold, peppermint, bee balm, and lemon balm. Planting a few of them in your flower beds and adding a couple of planters to your backyard deck and front porch will help to keep your property mosquito-free.
4. Make Sure the Lawn is Well-Kept
Mosquitoes enjoy the protection provided by shrubbery, tall grass, and garden debris. Maintain your lawn and garden, trim shrubs, and make sure no fallen branches are lying around. Mowing the lawn will make it more difficult for them to find a place to nest.
5. Repel Mosquitoes With Torches and Candles
Another excellent way to keep mosquitoes away is by using insect-repelling torches and candles. Citronella candles on the patio tables can be effective up to thirty feet away. Pair them with paraffin torches burning citronella-infused oil, and mosquitoes won’t be as interested in your outdoor living spaces.