Summer signals things like open-air picnics, dining under the stars and lazy beach days. But with the warm weather also come swarms of pests, especially mosquitos. Implementing a few key strategies — like having a professional administer a mosquito control program or lighting some anti-mosquito candles — can help you achieve the mosquito-free summer of your dreams. Here are some helpful ways to ensure that your summertime activities aren’t put off by the pesky pests.
1. Professional mosquito control
Companies like Fit Turf can safely and effectively eliminate mosquitos from your property. By using proven pest management programs that are tailored specifically to your property, these systems kill mosquitos on contact and then work to deter the insects from going near treated areas for the duration of the summer. These anti-mosquito spray treatments are safe for homes with children and pets. This is by far the easiest, safest and most effective way to rid your property of mosquitos.
2. Mosquito-repellant candles
Natural mosquito repellents, such as citronella oil, are often built into candles, sprays and body oils to help discourage mosquitos. When emitted through a burning candle, citronella can keep mosquitos at bay in small areas with limited air movement, such as a screened-in porch or garage. Citronella is an all-natural pesticide that has been labeled as “low risk” by the Environmental Protection Agency, so it’s safe for your pets and family.
3. Herbs and plants
Many plants have natural pesticide properties, so planting them around your property — especially near the patio, porch or grilling area — is a great way to help deter mosquitos. Popular anti-mosquito plants include feverfew, citronella, catnip and lavender. These are versatile herbs that can be planted in your garden or in pots around your home. Most of these herbs also help to repel fleas and other pesky summertime bugs.