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3 of the Best Ways to Reduce Mosquitoes in your Yard

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Summer is here, and that means it’s mosquito season. These blood-sucking insects thrive when the weather is at its hottest. Mosquitos also can carry harmful diseases, such as the West Nile virus. With mosquitos buzzing about, it can make it hard to enjoy being outside during the summer season, which is usually jampacked with outdoor activities. That’s why the Memphis pest professionals at AAA Termite & Pest Control share three ways to reduce mosquitos in your yard.

Eliminate standing water

It can be water that pools in a birdbath or on your lawn furniture. Stagnant, standing water—no matter the amount—can become a breeding ground for mosquitos. In fact, mosquitos spend approximately three-quarters of their life cycle in water. They’ll lay and hatch new eggs there, and if you’re near standing water, you’re more likely to pick up a mosquito bite or two. You can reduce the prevalence of mosquitos in your yard by riding your property of standing water.

Check these locations, in particular:

  • Flowerpots
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Birdbaths
  • Pet bowls
  • Buckets
  • Grill covers and tarps, where water can pool
  • Trash can lids
  • Gutters
  • Play equipment
  • Kids’ toys
  • Patio furniture
  • Poor drainage in your lawn

Add plants to your landscape

Living in Memphis, you know how sweltering it can get this time of year. High temperatures and humidity can make it feel like you’re walking around in a giant pot of soup. Spruce up your landscape and add some plants that will help curtail the population of mosquitos on your property. These plants may have strong fragrances that serve as natural mosquito repellents or contain chemicals that irritate mosquitos and dissuade them from your yard. Some examples of mosquito-repelling plants include:

  • Citronella
  • Lavender
  • Bee balm
  • American beautyberry
  • Catnip
  • Marigolds
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint

For the best results, place these plants in areas of your yard that are low-lying, shady, or remain wet. Many of these plants also can serve as a deterrence to fleas and ticks, too.

Find a professional pest control company

Your local pest control professional can do more than treat termites, roaches, and ants—although the experts at AAA Termite & Pest can do all of that. We also can provide mosquito control treatments and services. An insecticide is administered that kills live mosquitos. If any breeding or resting sites can be identified, the insecticide can be administered there as well. Our mosquito treatments include a growth regulator system, which treats existing mosquitos and helps keep new ones from hatching.

Professional mosquito control in Memphis and Cordova, Tennessee

There’s no way to completely prevent mosquitos, especially during the summer when they are most active, but the treatments offered by AAA Termite & Pest Control significantly reduce the number of mosquitos in your yard. For the best results, our treatments should be administered every 3-4 weeks. Ready to learn more? Call our office at (901) 737-7378 to schedule a consultation with one of our expert pest control technicians.