You’ve likely already seen a mosquito or two this season—and it’s only the beginning. Not only are bites annoying and unsightly, but they can transfer disease. How can you get a mosquito-proof backyard for the summer?
First off, get rid of standing water (a.k.a. mosquito breeding sites)! You’d be surprised where water can accumulate. Clean out your gutters, turn over buckets and baby pools, and store old tires, tools, unused flower pots and wheelbarrows. Remove water from in-ground pool drains if possible. If it isn’t possible, treat those areas.
Adult mosquitoes hang out in overgrowth and brush—so clean up your land. Take some time to pull the weeds, trim the hedges, pick up branches, mow the grass, etc. You can then spray an insecticide or natural repellent. Homemade sprays can use water and garlic or onion, citronella oil, or lavender oil.
If you’re a gardener, you can also plant some mosquito-repelling plants, such as citronella, feverfew, catnip and lavender.
If you’re having people over this summer, add some stalks of rosemary to the hot coals on your grill to repel mosquitoes.
Lastly, spray yourself! If you don’t want to use a DEET product, try one of these two homemade sprays:
-4 teaspoons of distilled or boiled water, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, 3 drops of lavender oil (this has to be stored in the fridge)
-1 cup of water, 5 drops of lavender oil, 3 drops of geranium oil, 10 drops of citronella oil
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