8 Tips to Help Control Mosquitoes in Your Yard Naturally
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in Your Yard Naturally
The mosquitoes are out in full force. They make life absolutely miserable unless you are proactive and take a number of steps to prevent mosquitoes from ruining your quality of life. Let’s look at a few natural mosquito control tips to keep those pesky mosquitoes from taking over your backyard.
- Plant Insect-Repelling Plants
Naturally repel mosquitoes by growing mosquito-repelling plants, including:
Basil – a study in 2011 found that basil leaves provided nearly 79% protection from four species of mosquitoes. Stay safe from mosquitoes and have enough basil to make fresh pesto sauce — sounds like a win to us!
Thyme – this delicious herb was found to provide over 90% protection against mosquitoes in a 2011 study. Plant some thyme to naturally keep mosquitoes away, and maybe to season some nice roasted potatoes?
Lemongrass – also a delicious herb to add to your dinner, Lemongrass was found to provide 74% – 95% protection against mosquitoes, depending on the species.
- Catnip – Yes, I’m talking about the same plant that cats go crazy for. In a 2019 study, catnip (nepeta cataria) was found to be comparable to DEET at repelling mosquitoes.
If you didn’t get rid of standing water in time and need to kill of mosquito larvae, you have a few options:
Put mosquito dunks in the water. Mosquito dunks are made of bacteria that’s toxic to mosquitoes, but don’t post a threat to pets or wildlife.
- Add vinegar.
It’s said that all types of vinegar work against mosquitoes due to the strong smell, however, apple cider vinegar and red vinegar work best. It will take 18 hours to kill the mosquito larvae, and you have to make sure to use enough to get the job done, but it is an effective, natural way to kill mosquito larvae.
- Use cinnamon essential oil.
A 2004 study found that cinnamon oil effectively kills mosquito larvae, plus it smells better than a ton of vinegar!
Mosquito Fish (Gambusia Affinis)
This might seem like an odd means of mosquito control, but it really works! Mosquito-eating fish probably won’t eliminate all the mosquitoes in your yard but their contribution will certainly help.
Also, ornamental pools should be aerated — aeration disturbs mosquitoes, sending them elsewhere to lay their eggs.
How to Naturally Prevent Mosquitoes from Breeding in Your Yard
The first few tips covered natural mosquito prevention for adult mosquitoes and mosquito larvae. The following tips help you keep mosquitoes out of your yard.
Mosquitoes typically breed in or near areas of standing water. Look for any source of water in your yard, even if it’s just a small puddle you don’t think will make a difference.
A few examples of places standing water can accumulate and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes:
Plants with saucers
These are just some examples. We recommend walking around your yard and look for any other potential source of standing water and eliminating it as one of the best steps for natural mosquito control.
The mosquitoes will likely head to other areas where water is more prevalent.
Even a clogged gutter can accumulate enough water to house hundreds of mosquitoes. Unclog those downspouts and clean off water on flat roofs to improve your mosquito control. Remember, they only need a thimble full of water to breed!
If a storm passes through, it could uproot trees and create soil depressions. These spaces can collect rainwater, attract mosquitoes and sabotage your mosquito control efforts.
Even a minor indentation in your yard following the fall of an object during a storm can allow water to pool and create a mosquito breeding ground. Have these areas of your yard repaired as quickly as possible in the aftermath of any storms, and try to keep water from pooling in them.
If your trees or stumps have any sort of holes, do not underestimate their ability to serve as mosquito breeding grounds.
These small holes should be filled with sealant or mortar so water does not accumulate. Though this might seem like a minor mosquito control method, it can pay off big time. All it takes is a small hole in a tree or stump where water has collected to provide a breeding space that produces hundreds or even thousands of new mosquitoes.
If your outdoor faucet is leaking, it will gradually form a puddle that brings in the mosquitoes and encourages them to breed. Have leaky faucets repaired as soon as possible! Even a seemingly minor leak from an air conditioner can form a puddle that attracts mosquitoes.
Natural Mosquito Control for Your Yard That Actually Works
It’s not an easy feat to keep mosquitoes out of your yard for good. Eliminating standing water and taking all of the steps above will only do so much. It’s also important to conduct natural mosquito control using natural products that don’t pose a threat to children, pets, or wildlife.
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