It's hard to enjoy a summer evening in your backyard if you constantly have to spray yourself head-to-toe with mosquito repellent.
These days, more and more people are spraying their yard instead – either with a store-bought spray or a professional service.
So what’s your best option to stay mosquito-free this summer?
Remove Breeding Grounds
If you don't like spray, the easiest thing to do is remove mosquito breeding grounds from your property, according to our partners at the consumer guide Angie’s List.
Get rid of the obvious, such as puddles that don't dry out, and flowerpots filled with water.
Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks says it’s not just puddles you need to check, but birdbaths and gutters too.
"When it comes to mosquitoes, they love to breed in standing water,” Hicks said. “The key is to remove any standing water on your property. If you have a kiddie pool, a birdbath, empty those at least once a week.”
Hicks says "if you have gutters that are clogged, that's also a potential problem. Be sure they are properly maintained."
Trim Back Low Foliage, Spray
Scrub trees in the back of your yard, and other low foliage create perfect mosquito hiding spots. You have two options here: trimming back the undergrowth, or spraying it.
We actually target the underside of the leaves of the foliage,” said pest control expert Scott Robbins. “That is where the mosquitoes like to rest during the day."
A pest control company will spray your backyard for about $60 to $100, depending on size. A professional spraying can keep the bugs at bay for up to 8 weeks, which gets you through the summer.
Robbins also recommends you trim your yard regularly and keep plants from overgrowing, after the spraying.
Purchase Do-it-Yourself Spray
Looking for a cheaper option?
You can find anti-mosquito yard sprays at Lowe's, Home Depot and most hardware stores.
One popular brand is Cutter Backyard Bug Control, which hooks up to your garden hose, and costs about $10 a spray bottle. It gets mixed reviews, and is not as effective as what a professional will spray.
Ask Neighbors to Help
Finally, Hicks suggests you get neighbors involved too.
Your efforts won't work if the homes surrounding yours are infested with mosquitoes.
That way, you don’t waste your money.
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