Mosquitoes are an annoying pest that can spread diseases like the Zika virus, West Nile virus and malaria. Even if you do not catch anything from a bit, the itchiness can be annoying. Mosquitoes are prolific breeders and manage to survive in conditions that may not be very favorable to them. According to the article Mosquito Life Cycle, mosquitoes can lay up to 200 eggs at a time. Mosquitoes can multiply rapidly.
- Get Rid of Standing Water
One of the best preventive things you can do to stop mosquitoes from reproducing is to eliminate any standing water on or around your property. The mosquitoes need water to lay their eggs, and the first stage of their life is spent in the water. If you can address drainage issues in your yard to make sure there are no swampy areas. You may need to do this by grading your yard. The other steps that you need to take is to make sure you do not have any containers around your yard that gather standing water.
- Start a Mosquito Elimination Program
There are treatments available that can treat your yard for mosquitoes. The treatments will create a barrier spray that will stop adult mosquitoes from entering your yard. They also include larvicides that the larvae of mosquitoes feed on, which will stop them from developing into adults. Many cities throughout the United States use a type of program in public areas to help reduce the number of mosquitoes.
- Plan Your Garden Around Mosquitoes
There are certain plants that are natural mosquito repellents. While these will not kill mosquitoes, they can deter mosquitoes from spending time in your yard. Planting marigolds, basil, catnip and geraniums around your patio or areas that you gather outside can reduce the number of mosquitoes that come where you are.
- Take Care of Your Yard
It is important to take care of your yard in order to reduce the number of mosquitoes. When your lawn is short the ground will dry out more quickly, which gives the mosquitoes fewer areas to harbor or rest. Trimming back shrubs and bushes and cleaning out weeds and other debris can also help to reduce the number of places where mosquitoes like to rest and stay.