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The Best Mosquito Control Options for Your Home

Mosquitos are a classic part of NC summers, but here’s how you can maintain order with mosquito control options for your home.

The Best Mosquito Control Options for Your Home

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Mosquitos are one of the hazards of North Carolina summers, right up there with hot temperatures and high humidity. These pests can make a summer get-together go from outdoor fun to an indoor retreat pretty quickly if they’re particularly bad. If your outdoor living space is facing a mosquito infestation, check out some of the ideas below to help you regain control of your space. 

Why Mosquitoes Appear and Stick Around

To understand how things got to this point, take a closer look at your lawn and consider the following:

  • Do you have any areas or ornaments that stay wet year-round, like bird baths, fountains or an untreated pool? 
  • Do you have any standing water in things like flower pots, kids toys or buckets? 
  • Are your gutters and/or drains clogged? 
  • Is your grass overgrown?
  • Do you have an excessive/leaking hose or irrigation system?
  • Is there any other misc. debris scattered around that could provide warmth and/or shelter? 

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, and even the slightest amount can be a breeding ground. You should remove water from wherever possible and empty out and refill decorative water displays at least once a week. Additionally, keeping your lawn clutter-free and well-maintained can only help further. 

Solutions For Controlling Mosquitos

Household-safe repellents are one way you can reduce your mosquito problem. Though great for outdoor use, you should make sure to follow instructions to the letter. Certain bug-repelling products can have harmful effects with prolonged exposure to skin – the label will be sure to tell you if so! 

  • A regular aerial mosquito repellant like you’d find at your grocery store works well in most situations, though the effects don’t last long. 
  • Citronella candles offer both mood lighting and mosquito-repelling scents. The range isn’t very far with these candles, so use more than one as needed in your outdoor areas. 
  • Looking for something more heavy-duty? Our team of lawn care experts have mosquito treatments custom-made to control them. 

Natural Mosquito Repellants

If you have pets, children, or allergies that make store-bought repellents a poor choice for your home, there are several natural ways to maintain order in your yard. 

  • If you suspect mosquito larvae are already laid in your yard, used coffee grounds sprinkled around the suspected area can help prevent a larger problem in the future. 
  • If you’ve got a green thumb, you’re in luck: Several plants are known to repel mosquitos, like basil, lavender, lemon balm, and catnip (this is a bonus if you have pet cats). 
  • Dress wisely. Mosquitos are more drawn to darker clothing. Take advantage of the summertime to wear light-color clothing when mosquitos are out!
  • If possible, add physical barriers like netting around outdoor sitting areas. Mosquitos are much less likely to bite if they can’t get to you in the first place. 

Mosquito Problem? Ask the Experts

Your lawn has unique needs, and we recognize that. If you’re facing a mosquito problem, our team can apply treatments that last about 2-3 weeks, repeating as necessary, to help you and your family better enjoy your time outside on your lawn. 

Get in touch with us today for your free lawn estimate! We’re ready to help you manage your lawn so you can get out and enjoy it.