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5 Mosquito Prevention Tips

Here at LeafGuard® we wanted to take a moment to share a few helpful tips for keeping mosquitos out of your yard. The five tips below are sure to kick mosquitos out of your yard, so you can enjoy a pest free summer.

Eliminate Mosquitos in Standing Water

Standing water can become a breeding ground for mosquitos and their larvae. Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water, which then can hatch in twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Once the eggs have hatched the larvae can develop into fully grown mosquitos in ten to fourteen days. However, Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to eliminate mosquito eggs before they hatch as well as repel existing mosquitos. Apple Cider Vinegar is completely non-toxic and safe to use around kids and pets. Just add a ratio of fifteen percent vinegar to eighty five percent water to repel and kill mosquitos.

Invite Bats

Around seventy percent of all bat species in the world feed only on insects. Bats can eat thousands of mosquitos a day and are mostly nocturnal creatures. Bats can significantly lower a mosquito population in a given area. So, building a bat house on your property can give you a helpful solution by attracting these mosquito eating creatures. However, this may not be the best choice if you live in a subdivision or a small piece of property, but if you have quite a few acres, you may contemplate using this solution.

Mosquito Repelling Flowers

Another helpful tip for keeping mosquitos out of your yard can be planting certain types of mosquito repellent plants. Plants such as Marigolds, Lavender, and Citronella all naturally repel mosquitos and are a great benefit to any garden. Although, lavender, Marigolds, and Citronella look great, they also smell great and mosquitos hate the odor. These flowers are easy to maintain and provide a toxic-free alternative to bug sprays.

Attract Dragonflies

Fully grown Dragonflies use the basket that it forms with its legs to catch other insects while flying. Dragonflies like to eat gnats, flies, and mosquitos and are attracted to water, breeding in the shallower parts. If you have a pond or body of water start planting pond weed and waterlilies to give the dragonflies a place to ley their eggs. This will attract Dragonflies and give them an environment to thrive in.

Replace the old Gutter System

Those old gutters can clog and fill up with stagnant water and create a home for mosquitos to lay their eggs. But with LeafGuard® you never have to worry about your gutters becoming a breeding ground for mosquitos. Our one-piece seamless gutter system is guaranteed to never clog. Your new LeafGuard® gutter system will give your home an added defense against mosquitos and prevent them from building a home in your gutter system.

If you’ve noticed your gutters have become a problem with pests. Now is the perfect time to replace them. Here at LeafGuard®, our gutter systems come in a wide variety of colors options to fit every home. Give us a call today. You’ll be so glad you did.