Mosquitoes can be a nuisance during the summertime. You can’t enjoy your deck or patio when bugs are flying around and biting you. Fortunately, there are ways that you can keep mosquitoes off your property so you can enjoy your outdoor spaces. Use these 5 simple tips to ban these bugs from your home.

Keep the Vegetation Trimmed

Mosquitoes like tall grass and shade, so keeping your lawn mowed and your bushes and shrubs trimmed helps deter them from lingering. Mow your lawn every week or two and keep the vegetation around your home under control by pruning it.

Use Citronella to Keep Mosquitoes Off Your Property

Citronella is a plant with a scent that naturally repels mosquitoes. It is commonly used to make bug spray, candles, and tiki-torch oil. Plant citronella in garden beds around your property and use products scented with it outdoors. This is an effective way to keep mosquitoes away.

Reduce Standing Water on Your Property

Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so it is important to eliminate puddles from your property. Watch out for things that collect water in the yard, like empty plant pots, holes in the ground, and clogged gutters. Remove or overturn these items so they don’t collect standing water. Keep your gutters cleaned, because clogged gutters hold water and become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Keep Mosquitoes Off Your Property with Fans

Fans discourage mosquitoes because it is difficult for them to fly in a breeze. If you have a ceiling fan on your covered porch, keep it turned on when you are spending time there. If you don’t have a ceiling fan, set up portable fans to help keep mosquitoes away.

Add Screens to Your Outdoor Spaces

If it is possible in your outdoor space, add screens to block mosquitoes. If you want to make a lasting investment, install screens to make a screened-in porch. You can also buy hanging screens for your doors so that you can leave the door to the outside open without bugs flying in.

Don’t let your summer get ruined by mosquitoes. Use the above tips to prevent these annoying pests from breeding on your property and being a nuisance to you and your guests.

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