Memorial Day is often seen as the official start of summer. Many of us commemorate the holiday by hosting a cookout or backyard pool party for our family and friends. If you have big plans for Memorial Day this year, do not let mosquitoes crash the party and ruin the fun. We have outlined some tips and tricks below so you can prevent your guests from buzzing about mosquitoes this Memorial Day:
Eliminate Standing Water
Mosquitoes are attracted to water because they use it as a breeding ground. They lay their eggs under the surface and the larvae begin their life underwater. This means any stagnant water in your yard is considered a mosquito hotspot.
Many people think of standing water as puddles, but it can also be something as simple as a birdbath or ornamental fountain. One of the most effective ways to get rid of mosquitoes is to get rid of standing water. This can be done by draining puddles or replacing the water in yard decor weekly.
Get Rid of Yard Debris
Mosquitoes are often found lurking in excess yard debris. They will seek out grass shavings, leaf piles, or stacks of twigs to make it their new home. Instead of tossing yard debris to the back of your lawn, discard it into a trash bag and dispose of it properly. Ensuring that ‘yard trash’ is removed is an important step to achieving a mosquito-free lawn.
Try Store-Bought Mosquito Repellents
“Do store-bought mosquito repellents actually work?” We hear that question often, and the answer is yes! Repellents purchased from your local store may not be as effective on large mosquito infestations or remove them from your yard, but they should do the trick for reducing the number of bites you and your guests receive. Brands like Off! make a body spray that you can quickly douse yourself in before heading outside.
Take Advantage of Garlic
This one may seem odd, but we have heard of many cases where garlic repels mosquitoes! However, do not slather yourself with garlic just yet. Mosquitoes are not naturally attracted to garlic, so you will have to make a mixture and combine it with something sweet. In turn, mosquitoes will be attracted to the sugary bait, but ingest garlic as well. This is an easy way to naturally get rid of mosquitoes.
Consider Citronella Products
Citronella is one of the most popular mosquito repellents out there. Citronella is a plant, so you can add it to your garden or yard. Interestingly enough, you can buy many products in stores or online that contain citronella oil, like yard decor, bracelets, candles, wristbands, or tiki torches. Citronella products have been around for years and can make your backyard less enjoyable for mosquitoes at your next outdoor party. They can also add some decoration to your yard!
Put Rosemary On The Grill
Rosemary’s woody scent is believed to be a mosquito repellant. Since we don’t mind the smell, it can be the perfect, all-natural remedy, If you are already hosting a Memorial Day cookout, why not toss a stem of rosemary on the grill? Not only will it add a pleasant aroma to the air, but them fumes will repel mosquitoes. This could be the key factor in your guests’ happiness at your big event!
Sprinkle Coffee Grounds
Believe it or not, coffee grounds can repel mosquitoes due to the strong scent AND kill the larvae before they hatch. If you do happen to have standing water, sprinkle some coffee grounds into the water. The coffee grounds cause the larvae to rise to the top of the water, cut off their air supply which eliminates them for good. Additionally, it will make the water uninhabitable for adult mosquitoes as well. This is the perfect DIY mosquito repellent!
Hire a Professional
Sometimes, getting rid of mosquitoes can be too much to handle on your own. If you have a large infestation or want to actually remove them instead of just repelling them, it may be time to contact your local pest control company. Here at Masters Touch Pest Solutions, we offer one-time mosquito treatments for upcoming big events and monthly mosquito treatments for noticeable reduction all season long. If you are interested in learning more about our mosquito treatments in Pennsylvania, you can get contact us for a free quote.
Now that you have numerous mosquito control tactics in your arsenal, you should feel confident that your Memorial Day event will be enjoyed by all. Keeping these tricks in mind all summer will benefit you and your loved ones because you can finally relax in your yard without getting bitten by those itchy nuisances. We hope you enjoy spending this holiday with your family and friends - not with mosquitoes!