June 07, 2019
Magnolia is beautiful during the summer. There are plenty of parks to spend time in, farmers markets to explore, and beautiful areas to discover. Summer is also a great time to enjoy your yard with cookouts and picnics or other family gatherings.
However, as you begin to spend more time outside, you realize biting mosquitoes are making life difficult. In Texas, mosquitoes start to hatch as early as March, so now that we’re well into summer, the mosquitoes are fully active.
Why do mosquitoes love summer so much?
Mosquitoes do best in temperatures that are above 80F, and the summer heat gives them the most energy. During the spring months, when temperatures rise above 50F, it’s crucial to get rid of any possible breeding areas before mosquitoes begin to hatch. Now that it’s summer you’re too late to prevent them, but there is still hope for a mosquito-free summer.
Last minute mosquito tips
If you’re too late to prevent them from breeding, it’s still a good idea to search your yard for any stagnant water which will allow mosquitoes to multiply. Below are other ways to clear your yard of mosquitoes and protect yourself, your family, and your pets during the summer months.
Remove mosquito hiding places.
Mosquitoes love warmth, but they don’t like the harshness of the sun and is why they are most active at dawn and dusk. During the day they will look for shaded and moist areas to hide. Keep them out of your yard by keeping your grass short and dry.
Grow strategic plants.
Some plants act as natural mosquito repellents. At the beginning of the summer, plant citronella grass, lavender, and catnip to ward off mosquitoes.
Wear mosquito repellent.
When you know you’ll be spending a lot of time outside it’s important to wear repellent. There are lots of good options, including natural repellents. The best natural repellents often include lemon and eucalyptus oil.
Wear long sleeves and pants.
Another way to avoid getting mosquito bites is by covering as much skin as you can. Mosquitoes won’t bite if they can’t find any exposed skin. Some people say that bright colors also help deter mosquitoes.
Make fall cleanup a priority.
While you’re thinking about mosquitoes, you should have a plan for fall cleanup. During the fall mosquitoes begin to breed for the following summer season. They can breed anywhere there’s standing water so cleaning your yard during the fall helps to stop this.
When all else fails
These are great tips for getting through the summer, but when it comes down to it, they’re not always enough. Mosquitoes are frustrating and dangerous. If you have a lot of mosquitoes in your yard call a professional pest control service for help. Modern Pest Control will come to your house to inspect it before determining the best course of action for your property.
The best pest control option is to set up routine visits with Modern Pest Control from April to October, keeping mosquitoes at bay for the majority of summer. Modern will also help you prepare for fall and winter as you take steps to prevent mosquito breeding.
When Modern comes to treat your yard, they will spray the mosquitoes’ favorite hiding places, turning their hideouts into deathtraps. The pest control technician may also determine the need for a mosquito misting system. These systems are an excellent way to keep mosquitoes at bay throughout the summer.