Today, Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker offers tips on how to fight mosquitos and enjoy your deck this summer. There can be nothing more frustrating than getting ready to enjoy some outdoor time out on your deck but the moment you step outside getting mauled by mosquitos. Let us help.
How to fight mosquitos include:
- No standing water
- Ensure proper deck drainage
- Use mosquito dunks
- Plant natural repellants
- Trim grass and bushes
- Attract birds to eat them
- Clean your gutters
- Add deck fans
- Use mosquito repellant
Let’s take a closer look at each of these options to keep mosquitos at bay.
No Standing Water
First things first, empty any standing water on your property. Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water, so eliminating their options for reproducing is going to help the situation immensely.
Underneath your deck may be a source of standing water and drainage issues. Inspect for proper drainage and install a French drain or apply sand to any areas that accumulate water. This will reduce the chances of mosquitos breeding in standing water around your home.
For any standing water that cannot be drained or eliminated, such as a birdbath, pond, or water feature, insert Mosquito Dunks which are non-toxic and very effective for hampering mosquito larvae from hatching.
Use herbs and proven repellant plants such as lemongrass, mint, rosemary, and citronella around your patio to ward off mosquitos. Be sure that they drain correctly and do not create any additional standing water problems.
Trim Grasses and Bushes
Mosquitos also look for long grass and thicker bushes, where moisture accumulates, to lay their eggs in. Keep grasses and shrubs trimmed to help avoid created the perfect environment for breeding mosquitos.
Encouraging birds (and even bats) to take up residence in your yard is going to help keep mosquitos at bay near your patio. Birds feast heavily on mosquitos, plus you will enjoy the wildlife scenery they offer.
If your gutters fill up with debris and do not drain properly, these can provide a haven for pesky mosquitos. Be sure to get your gutters cleaned regularly to enable proper drainage flow away from the house.
Fortunately, mosquitos cannot fly in more than 2pmh winds. Most oscillating fans will produce sufficient air movement to prevent mosquitos from flying near the patio. Plus, the extra airflow will work great to cool down the patio especially if airflow is an issue, to begin with.
Citronella is a proven mosquito repellent. Use it in plant form or burn it in candle and oil form. Create a perimeter around the patio 2-4 feet apart for extra buggy areas, about 8-10 feet away from the patio, so that you will not get smoked out also.
If all else fails, using a mosquito spray with DEET will stave off mosquitos from the patio, but be aware of the health concerns of doing so too often. This is a potent chemical that’s not good for bugs or people!
Hopefully, you are more equipped than ever with how to fight mosquitos and enjoy your deck this year. The team at Carefree Patios and Deck Covers have a vast repertoire of deck design options and installations that can curb the onslaught of mosquitos this year, so call us the moment you are ready to get the most out of your patio.