Mosquitoes are not just annoying; they can also carry a lot of diseases that can pose a threat to your family’s health and your own. And while most people think that the only way to control the mosquito population is by spraying ridiculous amounts of mosquito spray, this is actually just as health threatening than the mosquito themselves. Not to mention the risk you’re putting in the environment by releasing chemicals in the surroundings.

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How to Minimize Mosquitoes in the Yard

Backyard mosquito control is not that hard to do. There are a few simple things you can do to be able to control the mosquito populations in your backyard. This way, you can enjoy summer days in your yard without having to worry about mosquito bites.

Flowtron 80-Watt Electronic Mosquito and other Insects Killer

Flowtron Mosquito Insect Killer

Mosquitoes reproduce in stagnant waters. To ensure that your backyard is not turning into the community’s mosquito breeding center, drain any standing water in your yard. If you have pools, bird baths, or anything that collects water over time, drain them at least once a week to flush out possible eggs and mosquito larva.

Blocked gutters can also be the start of a mosquito breeding ground. Always check if your gutters are clogged and make sure to have them cleared for leaves and other debris that could keep water from flowing properly.

If you have plants growing in your yard, always keep them trimmed. Keep your lawn short and trimmed regularly. This usually helps keep mosquitoes from hanging around in your area.

But if you choose to hire professionals to get rid of your mosquito problems, make sure to do a little research first. When inquiring for their services, do not hesitate to ask questions regarding the chemical pesticides they will be using. Ask them what kinds of chemicals are in their pesticides, and whether or not they are safe around kids and pets.

Introducing Natural Predators in Your Backyard Garden

Like everything in nature, mosquitoes have natural predators.

One way to control the mosquito population in your surroundings is by making your environment welcome to insectivores or anything that feeds on mosquitoes.

Not only are you giving these natural predators a new place to hang around, you are also able to effectively (and safely) reduce the number of mosquitoes in your surroundings. It’s a one way to do a backyard mosquito control program.

Birds

Birds are one of these natural predators that feed on mosquitoes. They are also very easy to attract. If you have trees in your yard, you are most likely to have a few bird species nesting in them. To keep attracting more birds to hang about your property, you can always install a bird feeder nearby. Or maybe a bird bath where they can cool off during hot days. Flowers will also attract them as some birds will also eat bees and other insects.

Bats

Bats are also natural predators of mosquitoes. How do you attract bats? Well if you live near the woods, you’re most likely going to see some flying around at night. To attract them further, you can install a bat shelter around your yard. These are readily available in home improvement stores, or pet stores.

Bats eating mosquitos, Bat

Bats eating mosquitos, Bat—C G-K (Flickr.com)

Fish

If you have a pond in your backyard, this can also become a breeding place for mosquitoes. And if you keep fish in your pond, using chemical pesticides will definitely be out of the question. Fortunately, there are fish species that feed on mosquito larva.

The gambusia affinis is a voracious mosquito larva-eating fish. A natural predator, this tiny fish species is able to control mosquito populations by eating them while they are in their larva stage. Rather than using pesticides to treat your pond water, do a little research on where you can possibly get your hands on some gambusia affinis fishes for your pond.

Electronic Mosquito Zapper

Electronic Mosquito Zapper

By introducing natural predators in your backyard, you are able to control mosquito populations for the long term as compared to using chemical pesticides. Not only will it be safer for the environment, it is also more cost-effective than regularly hiring professionals or buying pesticides.

A Quick Solution: The Mosquito Mister Repellent Lantern

Patio Insect Killer

Patio Insect Killer

If you want a quick and not so expensive solution to repel mosquito’s for an area up to 300 sq. feet (Large Patio), our advice is to use the Electronic Insect Killer Mosquito Repeller. Repels immediately and protects for up to 10 hours per refill canister and repels all species of mosquitoes. Comes with a remote. Safe for people, pets and environment.

It is cheaper compared to other machines that use the same technology. While it cannot guarantee total eradication of the entire mosquito population, it can definitely help minimize the number of insects (including moths and flies) in your area.
This model works for smaller areas. It is cheaper compared to other machines that use the same technology. While it cannot guarantee total eradication of the entire mosquito population, it can definitely help minimize the number of insects (including moths and flies) in your area.