Is your house and yard infested with mosquitoes? Does it seem like they’re waiting for you outside your door? Let’s face it: Mosquitoes are annoying – but don’t despair! If you’re asking yourself, “Why are so there many mosquitoes in my house and yard?”, you’re in the right place.
In this article, I’ll explain where all those little blood suckers are really coming from and show you the 3 best ways to rid your yard and home of mosquitoes.
Where Do Mosquitoes Come From?
You might think that if there are no large pools of water around your house, the mosquitoes must be coming from far away. But don’t be fooled: It doesn’t take much for those little guys to multiply.
The 3 Best Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes
Now that you’re bitten, itchy, and ready to fight back, it’s time to do a little detective work. Here are some of the tips I share with my clients that will help you find out where those little buggers are coming from:
1. Know Your Surroundings And Your Plants
When I meet with new clients, one of the first things I do is to look for all the small pockets of water they don’t typically see when they’re walking around the house and yard.
Mosquitoes Love To Multiply In Small Pockets Of Water
Take a look around your house to see what kind of plants you have. Pay special attention to the plants right next to the entryways to your home. If any of those plants can hold small, or even tiny pockets of water, then you may have lots of little hatching spots for those little blood suckers.
What Kind Of Plants Do Mosquitoes Love?
I live in the tropics and many of the plants I see are excellent at holding those small pockets of water that mosquitoes love. While the plants we have around our homes may be beautiful, they can also cause us a lot of grief by providing a constant, never-ending supply of mosquitoes. Plants like ornamental ginger, heliconia, bromeliads, and others have store multiple pools of water – and the mosquitoes know this too!
Choose Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
People have often asked me, “Do I have to get rid of all my plants?” No, but I would suggest moving them a safe distance away from the entry points to your home. You can even replace the problem plants with new ones that don’t collect water. You might even go as far as to put in plants that help repel mosquitoes. Many herbaceous plants do this, including rosemary, tansy, catnip, and citronella – just to name a few.
2. Put Oil Or Soap In Your Plants’ Water Pockets
If you do have a lot of plants that mosquitoes love, try this: Put drops of oil or soap in the little pockets of water that form on your plants. Oil and soap prevent the mosquito larvae from hatching out of the water, but cause no permanent damage to the plants around your home. This really works, especially if you make it part of your routine and do it regularly.
3. Think Like A Mosquito
Mosquitoes are very small and can fit into tiny spaces, so I try to think on their level. I picture myself as a mosquito and ask, “Where would I go to have some babies?” Believe it or not, it is possible to outsmart a mosquito.
Wrapping It Up
I hope this article has helped you identify where those pesky mosquitoes are coming from and given you an idea of how to keep them from coming back. Mosquitoes aren’t an endangered species – they’ll find a new home. If you have any questions, leave a comment below. I’d love to hear about what you’ve done to get rid of mosquitoes and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have along the way.
Thanks for reading and best of luck,