The best way to reduce mosquitoes is to make your yard uninviting to them.
For the first part of their life mosquitoes are water borne insects, so they need a water source to lay their eggs and complete their life cycle. They do not need much water to carry this out. These areas are ideal sites for breeding.
- Gutters (clogged or uneven that do not quickly drain water)
- Corrugated down spout extensions
- Planters and pots
- Kids toys
- Tarps (make sure water does not collect)
- Areas around property that puddle after a rainfall
- Open trash cans or buckets ( drill holes in the bottom)
- Bird baths (change the water daily)
- Wheelbarrows (turn them over when not using them)
- Pool Covers ( remove early in spring)
First do your best to eliminate these areas. If the areas cannot be eliminated as in the case of ponds, marshes, swamp areas, treat with a larvicide. Never treat water bodies with chemicals such as pyrethroids. These chemical are deadly to aquatic life. Call a professional like Safeyard , we are licensed to treat these areas with all-natural larvicide products.
Mosquitoes avoid direct sunlight, they will dehydrate easily and die. This is why they feed at night. During the day they find shady moist areas to rest. Underside of leaves and vegetation, under decks and eves, dense wooded areas.
Treating these areas around your yard with a natural repellant will create a barrier discouraging mosquitoes from harboring there. They will find alternative areas outside of your property to harbor.