As the weather grows warmer, many people begin to face a new problem: mosquitoes. Before the mosquito problem grows out of control, there are several ways you can take back your property and enjoy the warmer weather without mosquito bites.

Use Natural Repellents

You can use your landscape to your advantage when trying to repel mosquitoes. There are several plants that act as a natural repellent. Citronella is one of the most popular repellents, and it is used in the form of candles, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Other options include many of the plants seen in herb gardens, such as basil, sage, peppermint, and rosemary. Try keeping these plants in areas where you gather outside, such as around seating or on decks and porches. If you would prefer flowers as your repellent, you should include marigolds and lavender to repel mosquitoes while beautifying your landscape.

Reduce Standing Water

Reducing the amount of standing water on your property will help reduce mosquitoes and the areas where they breed. Some common sources of standing water include water dishes, birdbaths, and old items left outdoors. After it rains, be sure to check your property for any areas where water might accumulate and dump them out. If you want to have a birdbath or pond outside, it helps to install options with filters and circulating water. This way, the water does not sit and allow mosquitoes to breed. If you have a pond or birdbath with standing water, another option you have is to attract dragonflies since they eat mosquitoes. Adding water plants and flat rocks to your pond will help attract these natural mosquito predators.

Consider Spraying

Sometimes, using natural methods and eliminating standing water is simply not enough to control the mosquito population. In this case, professional spraying is an option. Depending on where you live, you may need to check with your locality to determine if there are any planned spraying events. Many areas spray for mosquitoes frequently during the warmer months, which reduces the burden on residents. Once you have professional mosquito control services, it is best to determine an appropriate schedule for reapplication. In some cases, the weather you experience may affect how often you need additional spraying. For example, if there is more rain during the season, a single treatment may not last as long, and the excess moisture will also make the mosquito problems worse.

Using natural repellents around your home and eliminating breeding areas for mosquitoes can reduce some mosquito problems. Before the problem grows out of control, consider using professional treatments to reduce the problem. Contact a mosquito control company like Carroll Exterminating Company to learn more.