How To Get Rid of Mosquitoes

How To Get Rid of Mosquitoes – Summertime means lots of fun times to be had, BBQs to devour, and places to swim and enjoy outdoor activities! However, if we’re not careful, it could also mean a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. To prevent getting eaten alive by mosquitoes this summer, find out five tips to keep mosquitoes at bay right here on Newsymom!

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

Summertime in Tuscarawas County is a time of outdoor fun and relaxation, but it can also mean dealing with those pesky mosquitoes. However, fear not! There are several easy and enjoyable things you can do at home to prevent mosquito infestations. In conjunction with the Tuscarawas County Health Department’s efforts to keep mosquitoes at bay, we’re bound to have an amazing summer! Follow these tips below so you can make your home a mosquito-free haven and enjoy the warm weather to the fullest:

Embrace the Greenery: Plant Mosquito-Repellent Plants

Why not turn your backyard into a delightful oasis while keeping mosquitoes away? Certain plants have natural mosquito-repellent properties, making them the perfect addition to your garden. Lavender, citronella, catnip, and marigold are just a few examples of plants that mosquitoes tend to avoid. Plant them in pots or directly in the ground to create a beautiful, fragrant barrier against those pesky insects. (This also gives you another reason to visit your local farmers’ market or nursery! #winning)

Sweet Lemonade, Sour Mosquitoes: Eliminate Standing Water

One of the most effective ways to prevent mosquitoes from breeding near your home is by eliminating standing water. Mosquitoes love to lay their eggs in stagnant water, so be sure to regularly empty any containers that collect water, such as flower pots, buckets, bird baths, or forgotten pet bowls. Don’t forget to clean your gutters and fix any leaks to prevent water accumulation. Remember, no standing water means no mosquito babies!

Screen Time: Install Window and Door Screens

Don’t let mosquitoes sneak into your home uninvited! Installing window and door screens is an excellent way to keep these unwelcome guests outside while still enjoying a cool breeze indoors. Make sure your screens are free from tears or holes, and patch them up if needed. This simple step will create a barrier between you and the buzzing nuisances, allowing you to relax in peace.

Pro Tip: Did you know rubbing Irish Spring soap around your windows and door frames help to repel flies from entering your home? If you didn’t, now you do!

Shoo Mosquitoes Away: Use Natural Repellents

If you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or spending time on your patio, you can ward off mosquitoes by using natural repellents. Citronella candles, essential oils (such as eucalyptus or lemongrass), or even simply lighting a few sticks of incense can help keep mosquitoes at bay. Not only will you create a pleasant and aromatic atmosphere, but you’ll also send mosquitoes flying in the opposite direction.

Light Up the Night: Install Outdoor Lighting Strategically

Did you know that mosquitoes are attracted to certain types of light? By installing outdoor lighting strategically, you can reduce their presence around your home. Mosquitoes are less drawn to yellow or LED lights compared to traditional incandescent lights. Opt for these types of bulbs in your porch lights or garden fixtures to deter these buzzing critters and create a cozy atmosphere for your outdoor activities.

Keeping mosquito infestations at bay in Tuscarawas County doesn’t have to be a daunting task!

By implementing these simple and enjoyable measures, you can create a mosquito-free environment while still enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Embrace the power of mosquito-repellent plants, eliminate standing water, install screens, use natural repellents, and strategically light up your outdoor spaces. With these tips, you can make your home an oasis of relaxation and mosquito-free fun. So, go ahead, grab your lemonade, and enjoy a blissful summer season without those pesky mosquitoes!

To aid the spraying efforts of the Tuscarawas County Health Department, participate in the following ways this summer:

  • Reduce the amount of water used in your yards
  • Eliminate any stagnant bodies of water in their yards
  • Notify the Health Department of swarms of mosquitoes, dead birds, or stagnant bodies of water in parks or rights-of-way

Did you know that you’re welcome to call or email the Tuscarawas County Health Department‘s environmental health professionals at 330-343-5550 or if you need to request your land NOT be treated for mosquitoes? (Oftentimes, this applies to folks who have bee hives and ask to be excluded from the established spraying areas!) For more information on mosquito control efforts, visit the Mosquito Control Program page.

Keep following along on Facebook (@tchdnow) for the latest health and safety tips for your family’s health this summer!

Melissa Klatt


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