Many people look forward to summertime, especially those who love to spend their time outdoors. From exciting night outs in the yard with cousins, stargazing with a special someone or a simple get-together with family or friends – outdoor living areas are indeed a worthy investment. Unfortunately, there might also be unwanted inhabitants that also enjoy spending the warm months outdoors – mosquitoes.
At Bendigo Landscaping, we want our clients to fully maximize their outdoor living areas no matter the season. However, no matter how well-built and designed your patio or deck is, you can’t really stay there for long if a swarm of mosquitoes buzzing around you. Aside from their noisy buzzing and itchy bites, they can also be carriers of various diseases such as malaria, Zika, dengue and more. That is why we have curated some simple tips on how you can keep them away in your outdoor space. Check them out and have fun in your outdoors this summer.
Remove Stagnant Water
If you want to effectively get rid of the mosquitoes in your area for a long time, it is essential to prevent them from breeding in the first place. Make sure to fix any drainage issues in your outdoor living areas to avoid having stagnant water where mosquitoes hatch their larvae. Besides that, you also have to remove the standing water in your dog’s water dish, empty flower pots, old tires or other containers.
Install an Overhead Ceiling Fan
Mosquitoes are persistent biters, but they are known to be weak fliers because of their tiny wings. With a reliable overhead ceiling fan installed in your patio or deck, you can keep the mosquitoes away. Aside from resolving your mosquito problems, it can upscale the look of your outdoor space and create a cool and cozy area during the warmer months.
Try Insect Screens
Insect screens are quite common in fast-food restaurants and concession stands. Since they are easy to install and require less maintenance, they are one of the most sought after solutions in keeping bugs of all kinds away in residential and commercial properties. You can opt to buy one that is ready to install or have a professional install them around your patio or porch area to keep your outdoor living space mosquito-free and insect-proof throughout the year.
Set Mosquito Traps
For those who prefer a long-term solution to their mosquito problems, mosquito traps combined with top-quality spray repellent and other preventive measures can be your best choice. There are various mosquito traps offered in the market, and they can help lure and kill mosquitoes and other insects to prevent them from breeding. Some people also recommend installing bat habitats. Since bats are natural predators of insects and bugs, they can also help regulate their population in your outdoor living space.
Use Citronella Candles
If your patio or deck is not that spacious and has limited air movement, burning some citronella candles can effectively help get rid of mosquitoes. Besides that, Citronella candles can add a rustic aesthetic and create a peaceful vibe in your outdoor space. However, if you plan to use one in your space, remember that these candles are only short-term solutions. Moreover, you have to make sure that the one you will buy is recommended by many and has good quality to ensure that it really works.