A lot of local residents have been waiting for the summer to finally arrive. From pool parties to holiday cookouts, you will have a lot of fun activities to choose from. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are always a threat. These ancient bloodsuckers tend to thrive in hot, humid weather. With diseases such as the Zika virus being such a problem, homeowners should go the extra mile to protect their family. Here are three tips for controlling mosquitoes this summer.

What Attracts Mosquitoes?

There are certain things that tend to attract mosquitoes. If there is any standing water on your property, you should be especially concerned. Female mosquitoes can use the stagnant water as a place to lay their eggs. Mosquitoes can quickly transform a small puddle into their new breeding ground. The smell of sweat and perfume can also lure these disease-carrying insects to your home. When hosting an outdoor gathering at night, you must take extra precautions. Mosquitoes will not be able to resist the warm bodies.

1) Secure Your Home

Because mosquitoes are so tiny, they can easily enter you home. Broken window screens definitely put your family at risk of being attacked by mosquitoes. It is also a good idea to replace old weather stripping. In the event that you find any cracks along your walls, use silicone caulk to fill in the gaps. Make sure that your garbage can lids remain securely fastened at all times. Before the summer arrives, take the time to clean your rain gutters. This will help eliminate the presence of standing water.

2) Consider Using Natural Repellents

Citronella torches are very effective at keeping mosquitoes at bay. They can’t stand the intense smell of citronella. If you want to lounge on your deck, use portable fans to deter mosquitoes. Their wings are not strong enough to handle the extra breeze. Mosquito netting is yet another effective repellent. By putting mosquito nets around the porch, you will have an extra layer of protection. Certain plants, such as marigolds and lavender flowers, release fragrances that help ward off mosquitoes.

3) Call a Professional

If you want to keep mosquitoes away from your family, calling a professional is hands-down the best option. Hart Pest Control specializes in giving homeowners an extra peace of mind. By using non-toxic formulas, our experienced technicians are able to completely eliminate mosquitoes from your property. They will treat your entire home and yard. Your loved ones will be able to truly enjoy the summer.

Please contact Hart Pest Control for all of your pest control needs. We pledge to keep your home protected throughout the year.