The worst part about living in the Southern United States in the summertime is the mosquitoes.
These buzzy nuisances are responsible for tremendous illness and widespread disease—not to mention, their bites are itchy, painful, and can easily become infected. All of this, and their sheer annoyance, means you need ways to cut down on the number of mosquitoes in your yard this summer. And here’s how.
Sprinkle Coffee Grounds in Standing Water to Deprive Mosquito Eggs of Oxygen and Nutrients
Coffee grounds are dense but expansive and absorbent, allowing them to naturally circulate and cleanse standing water for the time that they’re fresh. Not to mention, coffee grounds have a naturally bitter taste that mosquitos hate. As for the eggs, the coffee grounds will soak in all of the oxygen and nutrients in water, which then suffocates the eggs before they have a chance to hatch.
DIY Your Own Natural Bug Spray with Essence of Peppermint, Rosemary, or Eucalyptus
Some essential oils, like peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus are excellent ways to keep mosquitos and other bugs from pestering you all summer. No one knows quite why but these types of insects naturally abhor the scents of these oils, making it easier for you to enjoy a sunset without being bitten every few minutes.
Hire an Exterminator to Treat Your Yard with Specially Formulated Mosquito Spray and Powder
Mosquito sprays and powders contain special chemicals that suffocate insect eggs and destroy the bugs themselves. Hiring an exterminator is an option for those with exceptionally bad mosquito problems but be wary that most of those sprays and powders are bad for children and animals. Ergo, you wouldn’t be able to let your kids or pups out to play for a few days after your yard has been spritzed.
Use an Overnight Kiddie Pool of Super-Soapy Water to Trap and Kill Mosquitoes
Super-soapy water attracts mosquitos with the sweet, clean scent, then traps them with the oils and bubbles as soon as they get close enough. Plus, the water itself becomes too dense with a layer of soap for any eggs to survive.
This is an overnight solution to take care of your mosquito problem a little at a time. Dump the water every morning then refill it before you go to bed every night. No kiddie pools? Use a material handling bucket or two in strategic locations throughout your yard.