Keep Mosquitoes Away in Seattle
Nothing is more annoying than being bitten by mosquitoes when you’re trying to enjoy a warm summer evening. We only get a few months of sunshine in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett and the surrounding areas, so we want to make the most of sunny days while we have them! Here are a few really useful tips for keeping those pesky mosquitoes away.
1. Eliminate their breeding grounds.
Mosquitoes need standing water to breed, and in fact most of their life cycle is spent in water, so reducing and eliminating stagnant water is a great first step. Look for anything around your yard that may be collecting water and dump it out. Be sure to then cover it or turn it over so that rain, sprinklers and water hoses don’t refill the item. Buckets, a wading pool, old tires, tarps or even a watering can…these can all be breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Another source that is out of sight and so is often out of mind is above you – the rain gutters on your house! Keep rain gutters unclogged by cleaning them on a regular basis. If you have a birdbath, keep the water fresh by changing it once a week. If you have a water feature such as a pond either keep the water moving with a fountain or other water pump, or consider installing fish – fish love to eat the mosquito larvae.
2. Use Mosquito Repellent.
This one is probably not news to you. What you might not know is that the most effective repellents are those that contain DEET. DEET, which stands for Diethyl-meta-toluamide, or diethyltoluamid, was made for the US Army’s use in 1946. Studies have shown that the most effective sprays have 30-50% DEET as an active ingredient, so read those labels before purchasing. Also, it’s always a good idea to carefully read any “bug spray” labels if considering using any repellent on children, elderly or pregnant women.
3. Try Catnip Oil.
Catnip oil has been tested to be dramatically more effective than most mosquito repellents, including DEET. It is not, however, safe to be applied directly to your skin, but it can be applied to clothes and patio furniture. Carried by many essential oil distributors, be sure to check the label and be careful if you have cats!
4. Keep a Fan on.
While not a sure-fire method, moving air disrupts flight patterns for flying insects. Keeping a fan blowing nearby can reduce the number of mosquitoes in your general vicinity, along with the added benefit of a breeze in your direction!
5. Plant a garden.
Like to relax in your yard? Plant these natural mosquito repellents around your home: Rosemary, Basil, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Bee Balm, Pennyroyal, Citronella, Catnip, Marigolds, Tansies, & Garlic.
Maybe it's time for a little help with keeping mosquitoes away?
Do-it-yourself mosquito treatments have a number of inherent setbacks: they can be expensive, and the variety of options available can make it confusing to find the solution that best fits your home. In addition, some of these options can go beyond just killing mosquitoes, and may end up hurting local plant and wildlife as well. Hiring a professional pest control company can make your life much easier. Let the pros treat your home and yard for mosquitoes and ticks while you support their efforts by following the tips above. If you still have questions, please give Eastside Exterminators a call at (425) 482-2100.