With the summer months approaching in the Palmetto State, residents of South Carolina will be out enjoying long walks in the park, backyard barbecues, graduations, weddings, and a plethora of outdoor activities. Our beaches, forests, and mountains make great destinations to get away and enjoy the great outdoors. But over the winter, we tend to forget that we don’t just share all these outdoor spaces with our friends and family but with bloodthirsty mosquitoes as well. Luckily there are some steps you can take to drive down the mosquito population in your yard and protect yourself for disease-carrying mosquitoes.
Protect Your Lawn and Home From Mosquitoes
The area you have the most control over when it comes to controlling the mosquito population is your yard. Female mosquitoes only require a tablespoon of water to deposit their eggs, and then a new generation of mosquitoes will buzz around your yard in a few short weeks. You can help eliminate mosquitoes by disposing of any standing water you find around your yard. I mean ANY standing water. That includes gutters, ditches, stumps, lawn furniture, toys, birdbaths, and flower pots. It’s hard to get everything, but any amount of water you get rid of will deprive mosquitoes of essential breeding zones.
Use Mosquito Repellents
The tried and true method of keeping biting mosquitoes at bay has always been good old fashioned mosquito repellent. The best sprays contain the chemicals DEEY, PMD, picaridin, or IR3535. According to the CDC, these chemicals are safe for pregnant women and children over two months old.
Use All-Natural Repellents
Not everyone’s skin can tolerate the chemicals used in commercial mosquito repellants. Thankfully there are natural ingredients you can use to keep the biters away. Some natural mosquito repellents include lavender, basil, eucalyptus, citronella, thyme, and catnip.
Not everyone’s body reacts to mosquito bites equally. Some people are allergic to mosquito bites and can break out in a severe allergic reaction when bitten. Those who are allergic will experience larger than usual swelling at the bite and may even develop a fever. If you are extremely sensitive to mosquito bites, maybe your best bet is to avoid going out after dusk as much as possible.
Use Citronella Candles
Citronella is a natural mosquito repellent, but it’s also the main ingredient in many store-bought mosquito repellants. Citronella oil works by masking the scents we give off that attracts mosquitoes. Having a few candles or tiki torches with citronella oils in them could add an extra layer of protection during your outdoor activities.
Dress in Light Colors
When dressing for a night time activity or a walk in the woods, be sure to wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothes. Mosquitoes tend to spot black and red colors better than lighter colors. Also, wearing dark colors helps to retain more body heat, causing you to give off more sweat and CO2, which mosquitoes hone in on. Combine light colors with mosquito repellants, and you shouldn’t have to worry about annoying mosquitoes.
Call the Professionals
When your yard becomes too much work for you to handle, it’s time to call in the professionals. At Coastal Turf, our pest control specialists are trained in mosquito control. With our mosquito abatement program, we can eliminate the threat of these annoying insects.
Our lawn technicians are experts in lawn care maintenance and can restore and enhance your lawn to levels you can be proud of.