Getting rid of grass mosquitoes can be quite a task. Even with the best of solutions you will never eliminate them completely, but by using one or more of these techniques you can greatly reduce their population. The key is not just to eliminate the mosquitoes by their larvae also. Depending on the mosquito problem, try the less expensive remedies first and move on to the more expensive ones if you still have a problem.
Things You’ll Need
- Mosquito spray, fogger or granulates
- Mosquito repellent plants
- Mosquito control rings
- Mosquito trap
- Mosquito misting system
- Get rid of tall weeds, high grass and standing water.
The mosquitoes like the grass and weeds so keeping it short will send them somewhere else. Standing water is where they breed and there are some watery places in your yard that are obvious and others you may not have thought about. Turn buckets upside down. Clean out water in your flower pot bowls and bird bath at least once a week. Drill holes in your recycle can and clean out the roof gutters. If you have a pond, put gold fish and other mosquito larvae eating fish in it. Last, check to make sure your air conditioner isn’t leaving a puddle as it drips. If it is, build a stone bed for it or some other way for the water to dissipate.
- Spray your lawn with a mosquito spray.
Mosquito repellents using DEET are the most effective. You can buy this product at your local hardware store or home improvement store. Other product of this nature are foggers and granulates. The foggers are good for right before you are having guests, but they don’t last long. For the granulates, use a spreader throughout your yard. This is good for the adults, but don’t take care of the larvae. These product are best used along with mosquito control rings that you float in bird baths, ponds or other standing water. They release slowly and it doesn’t harm the other animals.
- Plant mosquito repellent plants around your yard.
Plants such as citronella grass, catnip, rosemary and marigolds have an odor that mosquitoes don’t like. Citronella grass and rosemary are hot weather plants and citronella grass also grows very tall, so you can’t put it in a container well. Rosemary can be planted in a container and brought inside for the winter. Plant the catnip near your active area, such as your porch or patio.
- Buy a mosquito trap.
These aren’t very expensive by you have to replace the attractants frequently. If you don’t, it will be like having nothing at all.
- Install a mosquito misting system.
This is the most efficient product for eliminating the mosquitoes but also the most expensive. There are many companies that sell them and install them for you. They spray a mist of botanical insecticide throughout your yard when the mosquitoes are the most active. This is a set it and forget it system and needs very little maintenance. Give it a try and have a mosquito-free season.