How To Mosquito-Proof Your Yard For Summer Fun

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Summer is finally here. Time to celebrate the sun, the great outdoors and the season for fun! Get ready for 4th of July festivities and lots of impromptu summer BBQ’s without the uninvited guests – mosquitoes. Mosquito control is the goal of many a homeowner. Mosquitoes are not only an itchy nuisance, but they can also carry serious diseases. The good news for this summer is we’ve got some pro tips to help you keep your yard mosquito free for ultimate outdoor enjoyment.

Summer’s Here! Grab These Tips To Ward Off Mosquitoes!

It’s just a little itchy, who cares? Mosquitoes, unfortunately, cause more than an itchy (and annoying) red bump that goes away in a few days. These summer friends carry a multitude of potentially life threatening health problems, like the West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus, that make mosquito control an essential goal for homeowners in areas prone to heavy mosquito activity.

You guys aren’t welcome at my house! There are many small and easy to implement steps homeowners can take to prevent mosquitoes* from overtaking their home bound summer festivities.

  • Don’t let standing water stand. Preventative steps like routinely checking your outdoor area for standing water is often overlooked but extremely helpful as mosquitoes thrive (and breed) in standing water. Standing water can pool up in potted plants, equipment that’s stored outside and storm drains – or any place that water can collect after summer rain showers.
  • Torches set the mosquito-free mood. Citronella torches and candles strategically placed where you spend most of your outdoor time can help reduce the appearance of mosquitoes during use.
  • When in doubt, set a mosquito trap. One mosquito magnet or trap has been estimated to control mosquitoes for up to an acre of property. The machine can be costly as it burns propane used to emit a stream of carbon dioxide which attracts mosquitoes, but can definitely provide another option for mosquito control.

My lawn can keep them away, wait what, how? If you’ve been wishing, hoping and searching for tips on how to get rid of mosquitoes, you might not have to look further than your very own garden. You can keep your yard mosquito free with some simple and beautifying tips from the pros at Spring-Green.

  • Plant mosquito-repelling plants. Many beautiful and functional plant, herb and flower choices abound that can offer the dual function of beauty as well as a repellent. Some popular choices include Marigold, Horsemint, Ageratum and Catnip. You can plant these types of plants in the ground to repel mosquitoes or grow them in planters that become mobile, allowing you to bring them to wherever you are spending time in your yard.
  • Keep your grass short. Every species of grass has a specified length that is best during different times of the year. Of course, you should always stay within those guidelines, but by keeping your grass short, you’ll also be ridding your yard of mosquitoes (at least some of them). The shorter grass offers less places for mosquitoes to breed, but keep in mind proper mowing guidelines.
  • Hire a professional. If you follow all the tips but still have a mosquito problem facing you every summer, you don’t have to retreat indoors. A simple phone call to your local lawn care professional at Spring-Green can get you loving the summer again. Have more fun outdoors without being bothered by these pesky insects. Our mosquito protection service* creates a barrier around your home to control the mosquito population and allow you to enjoy summer outdoors without worry or discomfort.

It’s summer which also means it’s mosquito breeding season, but that doesn’t mean we have to retreat indoors at the first sign of these pesky menaces. By following a few easy “best practices,” you can master mosquito control this summer to increase your fun and protect your family.

Spring-Green has been your neighborhood lawn care professional since 1977, and this summer is no exception. Count on us for all your lawn care and landscaping needs. Our professional mosquito control services create a barrier around your home that keeps pests away and keeps your family safe.

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What Attracts Mosquitoes and How to Avoid Bites


Did you know only the female mosquitoes bite? Female mosquitoes use blood meals for its protein and other components it contains in order to produce their eggs. Males do not feed on blood; they mainly sip on plant nectar.

When females bite, they are doing what comes natural to them in order to survive. That does not make their bites any less bothersome, but maybe a little more understandable. There are 175 different species of mosquitoes and they have been around for about 170 million years, so they are not going away anytime soon.

What Attracts Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are attracted to humans by the release of carbon monoxide, something we do every minute of every day. Anything that can raise your metabolic rate is going to increase the amount of carbon monoxide you exhale. Pregnant women and people who are overweight have higher metabolic rates even at rest and so do people who exercise or are very active outside.

They are also attracted to movement, so the more active you are, the greater the chance you will be noticed. This can be increased by consuming beer at the same time as beer or most alcohols also increase your metabolic rate.

Mosquitoes can smell a victim from over 150 feet away. When we exercise or are very active, especially in the summer time, we develop body odor from the bacteria that grows on our skin. This body odor is an attractant to mosquitoes. Washing frequently is an option, but so is avoiding perfumes or other scents that can act as an attractant.

Some people claim that mosquitoes like them more, and to a certain extent that is true. Some people produce more secretions than others and those secretions are an attractant for mosquitoes. So is blood type. People with Type O blood seem to attract more mosquitoes than people with Type A or B. There is not much one can do about your genetics that dictate your blood type of how much of a certain substance your body produces. Be sure to take the proper precautions to protect yourself from mosquito bites if you have Type O blood.

How to Avoid Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes don’t have acute eye sight and rely on images that easily stand out. A dark background on a landscape is easier for a mosquito to distinguish than a lighter colored image. That is why wearing light colored clothing makes more sense, so does wearing clothing made of tightly woven, breathable fabrics that are more difficult for the long nose or proboscis of a mosquito to penetrate.

Some other ideas to avoid mosquito bites is to stay indoors at dawn or dusk as that is when mosquitoes are most active. Mosquitoes are very bad when it comes to flying and can be kept away with a fan when indoors. Even setting up a fan outdoors can provide some relief from mosquito bites.

Use an insect repellant when outside during the day or night. One of the most effective dermally-applied formulations is one that contains DEET, but at no less than 15% DEET. Another product that has been shown to be as effective as DEET is picaridin. A relatively new product is designed to be worn as a click-on container and houses a tiny fan that releases a small amount of metofluthrin.

Reducing water sources is very important when trying to reduce mosquito populations. Empty water dishes, flower pot drainage trays, watering cans, bird baths or any other place where water can collect and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Another great way to reduce mosquito populations around your home is to apply an insect control product or mosquito control application to the landscape and other places mosquitoes like to hide when they are not active. To learn more about these services, contact your local neighborhood lawn care professional at Spring-Green.