Heading outdoors to enjoy your backyard may be the last thing on your mind if you live in an area that has a large mosquito population. While you can certainly rely on pest control or add candles that use citronella, these methods can be harmful to pets or uncomfortable for you due to the chemicals and odors. In order to keep mosquitos away, while keeping your backyard safe and inviting, consider the following tricks to implement in your landscaping.
Attract the Local Wildlife
An easy way to control the mosquito population outdoors is by introducing some of their natural predators. Depending on the local wildlife can help make your yard livelier, while providing a helpful form of mosquito control.
The following creatures can all play a part in reducing the mosquito population in your yard:
- Gambusia Affinis, also known as the mosquito fish
- Dragonflies and damselflies
- Purple Martin birds
Providing flora and proper nesting spots for the creatures above can help attract them and make a difference in the amount of mosquitos you see.
Carefully Select the Right Plants
When choosing plants for your yard, it is a good idea to choose ones specially for their mosquito controlling capabilities.
The list below includes several great options that you can add to your landscaping:
- Lemon balm
Add a Backyard Pond
Since mosquito fish can help control mosquito populations by eating larvae that grows in water, you can reduce the amount of pests you see by adding a backyard pond. Whether you go with something simple like a shallow bowl- even a cat litter box- or spend the money to make an attractive landscaping feature, you can notice an enormous difference with the mosquitos you see by adding a pond and mosquito fish.
Stay Away from Large Bodies of Water
A common reason why you may be seeing a lot of mosquitos in your backyard is due to being near a large water source, such as a creek or lake. While moving may not be an option, you can design your backyard so where you spend time the most is located as far away from the water as possible.
Designing your backyard for the first time or simply making some changes to the landscaping should be done with mosquitos in mind. Whether you are experiencing a lot more mosquitos than usual or are simply preparing for the future, consider the above tips to combat these pests safely.
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