You're trying to enjoy a balmy summer evening, but mosquitoes have decided to crash your fun. Don't let these annoying pests ruin your summer activities. Instead, our real estate agents recommend following these tips to keep your patio or deck free of mosquitos.
- Add Fans to Your Outside Spaces
Mosquitoes are small and not particularly strong. Setting up a few oscillating fans can help keep your deck or patio free of pests by literally blowing the mosquitos away. They also supply your guests with a refreshing breeze.
- Swap Your Light Bulbs
Instead of decorating with or using white light bulbs, swap your white bulbs for yellow bulbs. White light attracts mosquitoes, while yellow light won't attract them as much. You can even use light bulbs that are designed to repel mosquitoes.
- Set Up a Bat Habitat
Bats are a mosquito's natural predator. By attracting more bats to your yard, you'll help keep your mosquito population under control. Consider setting up a bat house that bats can use for shelter.
- Get Rid of Any Areas Where Standing Water Can Accumulate
Mosquitoes need standing water to reproduce; make sure that you go through your yard and eliminate or fix any areas where water can accumulate. This includes items like toys, grass clippings, old leaves, tarps, and buckets.
If you have areas of standing water that you don't want to eliminate, treat the water with an insecticide that will kill mosquitoes.
- Set Up a Shelter with Netted Walls
Consider adding a structure to your outdoor patio or deck that allows you to set up netted walls. Netted walls will work to keep mosquitoes and other flying pests out of your gathering spot.
If you want to add a gazebo or canopy to your deck, consider doing so before you add your home to the list of Wichita homes for sale. Patio furniture and decor are useful for staging your outdoor areas so they're more appealing to potential homebuyers.
- Use Tiki Torches or Citronella Candles to Fight Mosquitoes
While tiki torches and citronella candles are always excellent ways to add ambiance to your patio or deck, they're also a helpful option for combating mosquitoes. You'll want to set the torches or candles up close to the area of your deck or patio you'll be using.
- Add Mosquito-Repelling Vegetation to Your Garden
Some types of plants are natural mosquito repellants. Plant species to add include citronella, marigolds, calendula, lemongrass, rosemary, and mint.
If you don't have a garden near your deck or patio, add planters or window boxes so that the vegetation is nearby.
- Have a Professional Treat Your Yard
If you're still struggling with mosquitoes, hire a professional to treat your yard with a barrier treatment. These treatments last approximately three weeks, and you can use them as a reoccurring or one-time service.
Should you decide to go this route, you'll need to keep your pets indoors for approximately an hour after your yard is treated.
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