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It's Getting Warm Out: 3 Steps To Keep Mosquitoes Away

by Letitia Hunt

Winter will be over before you know it. Once the warm weather returns, so will the mosquitoes. Unfortunately, mosquitoes can carry diseases that are detrimental to you and your family – including the Zika virus, West Nile virus, and Yellow Fever. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to keep mosquitoes away. Here are just three of the methods you can use to keep mosquitoes out of your yard.

Get Rid of Standing Water

Mosquitoes don't need much water to reproduce in. In fact, just a few inches of water are plenty for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. If you've got standing water in your yard, you need to get rid of it before the weather turns warm. Look around your yard. If you have leaking faucets, be sure to repair them. If your sprinklers leave puddles, adjust the timers so that less water is sprayed onto your gardens. If you have dog bowls filled with water, replace them with faucet adapters that allow your pet to receive water from the faucet with each lick. 

Keep the Leaves Cleared       

Mosquitoes also need places to hide and keep cool when the temperatures start to rise. If you've got plants growing right up against your home, or leaves in your gardens, you're creating the perfect hiding places for mosquitoes. Be sure to keep the leaves picked up in your yard, and keep plants from up against your home. For maximum protection, your plants should be several feet away from the exterior walls of your home.

Grow an Herb Garden

Mosquitoes are repelled by certain smells, including herbs. If you've got a mosquito problem, try growing herbs in your yard, especially basil. Fresh basil will keep mosquitoes away, and you can grow it in baskets on your patio. Marigolds and mint also repel mosquitoes. While planning your spring and summer gardens, be sure to add marigolds to your list of plants. You can also plant mint next to your outdoor water faucets. The aroma of fresh mints will keep the mosquitoes away from the water.

The warm weather will soon be here, which means the mosquitoes won't be far behind. Keep mosquitoes out of your yard this year by following the suggestions provided above. For additional recommendations on how to prevent mosquito infestations, be sure to contact a local pest control company such as IPM - Intelligent Pest Management. They'll be able to help your mosquito-proof your entire yard.

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