Mosquitoes can ruin any outdoor plan. But you can keep them from stopping by and spoiling the fun with a few simple tips.
Set out mosquito-repelling candles and lanterns
Although light normally attracts insects, mosquitoes hate candles with citronella or geraniol. Place these candles throughout your outdoor area at a distance recommended on the package. If candles do not appeal to you, consider investing in mosquito-repelling patio lanterns.
Include mosquito-repelling plants in your landscape
Several plant varieties keep mosquitoes away while adding a pop of color to a landscape. Choose a variety that complements your aesthetic, such as
Make sure there is no standing water in your outdoor area
Stagnant water in birdbaths, fountains and other water features creates favorite spots for mosquitoes to lay eggs. Keep mosquitoes from multiplying by maintaining fountains, as described in our post on how to clean your water feature.
Spray your yard the day before a gathering
If you are afraid uninvited mosquitoes will crash an event, consider spraying your outdoor space with mosquito repellant, such as Off! Backyard Pretreat. For best results, treat the yard 24 hours before an event starts.
Hang curtains in your outdoor space
Even if mosquitoes swarm the yard, you can create an intimate, bug-free atmosphere by hanging curtains around your pergola, patio or gazebo. If curtains are not your style, consider investing in a canopy tent to keep mosquitoes from swarming. Find other ways to make an outdoor space more livable.
Keeping your lawn free of mosquitoes doesn’t have to be a losing battle. To start planning an outdoor paradise where you can relax without being bugged, send us a message.