When you think of spending time outside you probably picture getting to put your feet up and relax, enjoying a good meal outside, or maybe watching the kids play with yard toys. In other words, you imagine truly enjoying your time.
However, if your yard is a mosquito magnet, your experience is far from idyllic.
That’s because you might feel as though every time you’re outside, you’re constantly having to swat at bugs or deal with getting bit. It’s annoying—and unsettling, too. After all, you know that mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases.
Knowing all this, you may have tried to get rid of mosquitoes with all sorts of remedies and tactics—but they just don’t seem to work. You’re still dealing with concerns. You’re frustrated, to say the least. You ought to be able to just focus on enjoying time outside, not feeling as though you have to be on pest control duty.
If you’re trying to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard, then it might help to understand some common reasons why you may be struggling.
Here are Six Common Reasons Mosquitoes Won't Go Away
1. Standing Water In your Yard
Since water is necessary for mosquito larvae to transform into adults, eliminating standing water is important when it comes to how to get rid of mosquitoes in the yard. Mosquito larvae feed on organic matter in stagnant water so any water that is not moving (such as a fountain) could become a prime location for mosquitoes. Areas where water might become stagnant includes (but is not limited to) the following:
- Buckets or containers
- Low spots in a rain gutter
- Bird baths
- Overflow dishes in potted plants
- Children’s toys/wagons
- Tire swings
- Pool covers
- Open garbage or recycling cans
- Watering cans
- Improperly graded areas of the lawn or landscape where water puddles
Of course, sometimes the source of stagnant water is not located on your property but at a neighbor’s house.
Taking care of any sources of stagnant water in your yard and then also treating for mosquitoes on top of that will reduce the mosquito population. After all, most people don’t realize this, but mosquitoes do not travel long distances. The majority of the mosquitoes you find on your property most likely originated there.
2. Excessive Overgrowth, Brush, Grasses, or Wood Piles
Mosquitoes love to hide and they’ll often seek shelter in tall grasses, shrubbery, or even around wood piles. To get rid of mosquitoes, you must think about reducing their hang-out spots.
This could include keeping your lawn regularly mowed, keeping your shrubs neat and trimmed, and clearing out any debris that has collected within your plant beds. If you cover your wood pile with a tarp be sure to keep it pulled tight and weighted down to prevent water from pooling on top of it and becoming stagnant.
3. Failing to Treat Mosquito Resting Areas
Of course, even in your effort to make it less pleasant for mosquitoes to hang around your property, you can’t eliminate everything. You’re not going to cut down all of your shrubs or get rid of your wood pile.
Instead, you want to be sure that you’re working with a mosquito control company that is treating all of the possible resting areas where mosquitoes are going to land around your property. This includes spots like your wood piles, shrubs, or around decks and patios.
4. Inferior Tactics to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
There are some mosquito control tactics that are simply not effective enough to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard. For instance, citronella candles, mosquito coils, and mosquito lamps and lanterns are popular “DIY” solutions to mosquito control, but have only proven to be minimally effective.
Mosquito traps, which run on propane and batteries, work better but take a while to make a difference on your property. It’s said this solution can take up to four weeks before you see any noticeable results. Mosquito misting systems are another inferior approach to mosquito control. These devices target mosquitoes when they’re already in the immediate area as opposed to targeting landing sites.
5. Using Poor Control Materials
Sometimes the problem is the mosquito control material itself. If you’re using a product that you picked up from a big box store or maybe something that is totally organic, it’s not going to be as effective as a professional product. That means that even if you’re treating the right areas, you’re still not going to effectively get rid of mosquitoes.
6. Inferior Application and Timing Methods
Treating your property for mosquitoes with a professional product is the most effective control method available. However, you still need to make sure that you choose a mosquito control company that takes the best approach in order to get the best results. Everything from how and where they apply product to what product they’re using and even how often they’re applying it all matters.
The Best Mosquito Yard Spray
The best mosquito yard spray approach is one that uses an effective, professional-grade product which is applied to mosquito habitats including shrubs, ornamental grasses, the underside of decks, and areas around patios, to name a few.
Timing is also important. While some mosquito control companies spray as often as every 3 weeks, that may be more than is necessary. On the flip side, only treating once or twice won’t be enough.
At Oasis Turf & Tree, we perform 4 mosquito control applications, typically beginning in early spring and ending in the fall, spaced approximately 5 to 6 weeks apart. This timeline covers the full mosquito season.
If you’re tired of dealing with mosquitoes and are ready to take back your yard, then make the wise choice in mosquito control services. By doing so, you’ll finally win what may have felt like a never-ending battle against these pests.
If you’d like to learn more about mosquito control for your Cincinnati, Dayton, OH, or Northern Kentucky home, call us at 513-697-9090 or get your quote online and help us find the program that is best for you, then sit back and relax.