3 Things, Besides Removing Standing Water, To Keep Mosquitoes at Bay

With summer over and the weather in the valley of the sun just about perfect this time of year, enjoying the outdoors is at the top of everyone’s to-do list. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are also out and typically enjoying you being outside! While we all know that mosquitoes breed in any standing water. It’s a good idea to check your home for standing water; objects that may fill up from rain or sprinklers, and other sources of standing water. Did you know that there are a couple more things that you can do to take back your backyard from these little pests?

Make Sure To Keep Flowering Plants Trimmed. 

Mosquitoes don’t rely on you as their only source of nutrition. They actually get most of their nutrients from nectar and sap. Keeping flowering bushes trimmed will help cut down on their food source and can potentially keep them out of your yard.

Watch Out for Trapped Moisture

Some types of mosquitoes can breed on ground that is moist. Make sure to water earlier in the day to allow time for the ground to dry and eliminate areas where mosquitoes can breed. Cleaning up yard clippings will also help to reduce potential breeding grounds. 

Plant Mosquito Repelling Plants

If this were as simple as just planting the right type of plants, no one would have to worry about mosquitoes. The trick is to plant them near to where you relax outdoors and to activate the scent by rubbing the plant. Here are just a few of the plants that help repel mosquitoes.

  • Basil
  • Catnip
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon balm
  • Marigold
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

For a little extra protection, rub the plant and then rub your arms, legs and neck. 

If you have tried all of these mosquito repellent tricks and they still think you’re just outside to feed them, give Arizona Organic Pest and Termite a call. We will be happy to give you a FREE, no obligation quote to fight your mosquito problem and keep it from returning.