With summer approaching, it’s natural to fantasize about hanging out in your yard, sitting in a lawn chair with an iced tea or your favorite brew, perhaps watching your children play or your dog snooze in the shade. It’s also easy to forget about pesky critters like mosquitoes and ticks that can quickly drive you back inside, hopefully before you get bit. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by applying organic mosquito control and organic tick control practices in your yard.
Do Your Spring Cleaning
There are many natural things you can do to make your yard less of a home for mosquitoes and ticks. These steps will take some effort or money on your part, but they’ll have the incidental effect of making your yard more of a home for you and your family. First and foremost, prevent mosquitoes from breeding by eliminating any standing water from places like these:
- Plugged gutters
- Water features, especially fountains that don’t produce enough movement or that aren’t functioning at all
- Flower pots and planters that lack a drainage hole
- Old tires
Also inspect your yard for places where mosquitoes and ticks can breed and thrive, including lawns, bushes, mulch piles, and woody or damp shady areas. Keep these areas clean, removing leaves and other debris. In addition, don’t let your grass get too long, because ticks prefer long grass.
Apply an Organic Insecticide
Clearing your yard of things inviting to mosquitoes and ticks goes a long way, but you might not have control over your neighbors or the local environment. To be fully covered, take the extra step and apply an organic compound to prevent mosquitoes and ticks. Organic insecticides are not only effective but also safer for you, your family, your pets, garden plants and beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies.
Now is the time to prepare your yard for those long-awaited days of summer. Using natural and organic methods to prevent mosquitoes and ticks in your yard will make your experience all the better.