Don’t let pesky mosquitoes ruin your BBQ this summer.
Ryan Larsen, also known as ‘Dr. Drainage,’ with NDS, Inc., shares tips to prevent the infestation of mosquitoes.
- Remove idle water
Water accumulation of the liquid from sprinklers and rainfall can create a breeding ground for insects. It is important to remove debris from gutters. Check weekly for any discarded cans, buckets, pots, overturned children’s toys, and anything else that can hold water. In addition, cover trash cans and change water in outdoor pet dishes (daily) and bird baths (several times a week).
- Keep potted plants inside
Contained plants can become a hosting ground for mosquitoes; therefore, it is best to keep them inside.
- Place insect-repellent herbs and scented oils around your backyard
The scents of plants such as balm, mint, chrysanthemums, marigolds, basil, garlic, eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary are non-toxic and can act as repellents. Aroma oils and candles placed on your outdoor tables will keep bugs away from food. These products can be found at many home improvement, outdoor furniture, and garden stores.
- Scatter coffee grounds
Spreading coffee grounds in places of standing water can kill mosquitoes before they hatch and prevent further breeding.
- Install a drain in planter boxes
Consider using a drainage solution in planter boxes like a catch basin connected to a drainage pipe. Excess water enters the basin through a raised atrium grate—which prevents leaves, mulch, and other debris from entering the system—and connects to a drain pipe where the water moves to a safe location.
- Install insect-repelling lights around your yard
Illumination such as yellow bug lights or light-emitting diode (LED) lights can keep pesky bugs away. All-in-one outdoor lighting and mosquito repellent fixtures can be purchased at several hardware stores and large retailers.
- Use organic products
Using an insect-controlling yard spray is an effective way to get rid of mosquitoes. However, many sprays contain toxic chemicals that can harm your health and the environment. Non-toxic bug control solutions can work wonders and kill fleas, ticks, and other insects, while not causing harm. Choose products labelled natural or organic and pet-friendly and follow the manufacturer’s instructions completely.
- Install a French drain
A French drain consists of a slightly sloped trench filled with gravel surrounding a perforated pipe. It collects water over the entire length of the drain—instead of one particular spot—and redirects the surface and ground water away from your home. Drainage solutions can be purchased at your local home improvement or hardware store.