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Using Landscape to Repel Mosquitoes - MosquitoNix

Using Landscaping to Repel Mosquitoes - MosquitoNix

October 12, 2018

How to Use Landscaping to Repel Mosquitoes

The fight against mosquitos is an ongoing one. And MosquitoNix offers a number of professional tools to use against these pests, including professional mosquito control services and products such as our On the Go Portable Misting System. But did you know your own lawn can be a weapon in the battle? We've found several landscaping tips and techniques to take control of your yard from mosquitos while maintaining its beauty.

Get Rid of Wet Spots & Standing Water

It's well-known that many mosquito species lay their eggs in stagnant water. This means you should do two things in your yard:
  • Reduce the number of man-made objects that can collect standing water. These include buckets, old tires, garden carts and kid's toys. Permanent fixtures such as fire pits should be covered when not in use.
  • Look out for natural areas that accumulate water. Cover any long-lasting mud puddles and swampy areas with a layer of stone. You can add topsoil and reseed to restore a uniform look.

Move the Water You Have

If you have a natural or man-made water feature, then at least keep the water moving. Add pumps, fountains and other water-circulating devices to your ponds and birdbaths. Even moderate amounts of movement can produce enough current to prevent mosquito eggs from developing.

Let the Air Flow

Wind is an excellent mosquito repellent, as these pests are not good fliers and will get tossed around even by light breezes. As such, tall shrubs, walls and heavy foliage can help mosquitoes thrive by blocking the wind. Removing these features entirely - or at least enough of them to allow good airflow - will help you fight back against mosquito onslaughts. For porches, decks and other outdoor entertainment areas, add oscillating overhead fans or railing fans to create an unstable environment for mosquitoes that is also decorative.

Enlist the Help of Other Animals

Make pest control a team effort by offering a friendly habitat for mosquito-eating animals. Bat boxes and purple martin birdhouses will entice these creatures to your yard. And don't be so quick to rip away spider webs or swat dragonflies, especially if their presence isn't affecting the rest of your landscape.



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