Knowing how to get rid of mosquitoes in yards, courtyards, and from outside of your business is a surprising but important bit of knowledge for entrepreneurs. If your business offices, retail space, or other commercial premises are plagued by bugs outside, they’ll pose a nuisance to your, your clients, your employees, and your customers.
At Earth Development, we have helped businesses protect themselves against annoying insects. With our extensive landscaping and lawn maintenance services, we help businesses across Wisconsin, Ohio, and beyond, protect against annoying bugs.
Not only do we connect you with local professional contractors, but we also provide great advice right here on our website. In this piece, we’ll explore the top 5 best ways to get rid of mosquitoes in your backyard, or outside your business. We’ll explore what kills mosquitoes in the yard and how to keep them away from your customers.
The most obvious way to get rid of mosquitoes in yards is to use repellents. The most common insect repellent used to stop mosquitoes is DEET. It stands for “N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide,” and it has been in widespread use since the mid-1940s. The chemical was developed as an insect repellent initially used by the army, but it's now widely used to prevent mosquitoes and other insects from causing a nuisance.
It’s important to understand that DEET does not kill mosquitoes, but instead repels them. It interferes with neurons in the mosquito’s antennae.
This chemical is fantastic for repelling mosquitoes from entryways and inside your building, but there are limitations. Firstly, it is temporary. Any chemical spray will usually only last for up to 12 hours. After that point, it stops being effective.
Secondly, the spray is usually applied directly to the skin and clothes, rather than to a building. It can, however, be used on entryways and furnishings.
Thirdly, the chemical repellent doesn’t change the factors that are attracting the mosquitoes in the first place. For these reasons, it’s important to take DIY mosquito control for yard steps – or, of course, you could hire local professionals to do it for you!
No Standing Water
If your company building has a pond or other body of standing in its garden or courtyard, then this is a likely cause of mosquitoes on your property. Static or standing water, which means it is not flowing from a source, is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitos because larvae are not good swimmers. In flowing water, mosquito larvae are easily washed downstream and can die.
For this reason, mosquitoes love standing water. Whether it’s a small puddle or a huge pond, mosquitoes like to lay their eggs on the edges of these bodies of water.
If your business is struggling with mosquitoes gathering outside your windows and doors, therefore, then you should take steps to address standing water. If you have a pond and would like to keep it, water features can help repel mosquitoes by keeping water flowing. Regular maintenance of the edges of your pond can also ensure larvae doesn’t have a chance to be laid and later hatch. You can also use natural bacterium that kills mosquito larvae without killing fish and other wildlife.
Earth Development can connect your business with local landscapers who offer regular maintenance services to protect against mosquitoes and infestations of other insects.
Properly Maintain Your Lawn
Maintaining your lawn by mowing and caring for the grass is not just a matter of keeping it looking tidy and healthy – it can also help you prevent the build-up of mosquitos on your property.
Mosquitoes like to rest in tall grass and overgrowth in the daytime, and without dense overgrowth, they have nowhere to rest during the daytime. This is where Earth Development’s commercial lawn maintenance services come in.
Our contractors will draw up a spring and summer maintenance plan that suits your need and budget and will maintain your garden during the months that mosquitoes like to breed and hide in your outdoor space. There is no need for repellents and no need to take action yourself when our team of experts is on the job.
Introduce Plants That Mosquitoes Hate
If you eliminate standing water and maintain your lawn, introducing plants that mosquitoes hate is the next step in ensuring these pesky bugs never bother you again.
Mosquitoes need more than just blood to survive – they need nectar. And, many plants don’t provide the nectar they need, and which they actively dislike.
Some plants that look and smell great, but that mosquitoes hate, include:
- Lemon Balm
- Lemon Grass
- Scented Geraniums
These are fantastic additions to your company building’s outdoor space. They look great, they smell great, and they are inviting for all your customers and clients.
Keep the Gutters Clean
Finally – remember to keep your gutters clean. If you address standing water and ponds, change the plants in your garden, and even keep on top of your lawn, but still see mosquitoes on your property…it could be your gutters.
Clogged gutters often form pools of stagnant water that you cannot see, and provide a hiding place for mosquitoes. It’s ideal when they do not have access to long grass and other hiding places.
Save Time with Local Landscaping Experts
Local landscaping experts from Earth Development have the skills, tools, and knowledge to help you keep mosquitoes at bay.
Our contractors know how to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard, they offer competitively priced garden maintenance services, and they maintain great communication with you and your team. So, for a comprehensive pest control service, and to keep your company property looking well-kept, why not enlist the help of Earth Development?
Call the team today and we’ll give you a free quote and even draw up a custom maintenance plan for your business!