Nothing ruins a summertime backyard BBQ like being swarmed by mosquitoes the moment you step outside. You want to enjoy your yard all year round, but the pests have other ideas.

Keeping mosquitoes away when you’re outside is much easier if they aren’t hanging around your home and yard in the first place. Keep reading for our tips on keeping mosquitoes away from your yard.

If you’re going outside, here are a few tips to keep the mosquitoes away:

  • Avoid wearing dark colors when you’re outside.
  • Smoke ‘em out! Mosquitoes hate smoke, so light a fire in the firepit or even some incense to keep them at bay.
  • Eat plenty of garlic. Just like vampires, mosquitoes can’t stand the stuff.
  • Avoid heavy perfumes and fragrances when you’re outside.
  • Use a mosquito repellant and reapply as directed.

6 Ways to Keep Mosquitoes Away from Your Yard

Get rid of stagnant water.

Puddles, buckets, bird baths, and even clogged gutters can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, who lay their eggs on the surface of standing water. Get rid of any standing water and turn over any potential containers before it rains.

Plant the right herbs and flowers.

Certain plants actually repel mosquitoes naturally due to their aroma. Surround your home with these plants to increase your curb appeal and keep away pesky insects!

Rosemary | Basil | Citronella | Catnip

Keep your grass mowed.

Tall grass can trap moisture in your yard, making it more humid in the summer and transforming your lawn into a haven for mosquitoes and other unwanted inhabitants. Be sure to mow your grass regularly so you aren’t providing a breeding ground for bugs.

Clear out overgrown areas in your yard.

Overgrown areas provide just another moist, warm place for mosquitos to hangout and breed. Consider hiring a professional to get your yard back into shape after it’s been neglected.

Put up bat houses.

A large part of a bat’s diet is mosquitoes, so putting up bat houses in your yard can help to lower the number of mosquitoes in your area and prevent them from coming back.

Spray your lawn.

Mosquito repellants can only go so far. Hiring a pro to spray your lawn will protect it against mosquitoes and other insects carrying bloodborne illnesses such as the Zika virus. Consider a seasonal mosquito treatment package to ensure lasting protection for your family and pets.

Triad Weed Free provides protection from mosquitoes so you can enjoy your yard again.

Check out our seasonal treatment plans for mosquito control in the Triad.