Mosquitoes are fickle in our home.
So much so that George has this to say about it:
They pick on my wife and ignore me, even when we are sitting three-feet apart.
Scientists are still trying to crack the mystery of why the annoying little insects are only attracted to certain people.
Meanwhile, she slathers on the bug repellent and wears long-sleeve clothing when she’s outside at dusk and at night.
Mosquitoes love to hover around when it starts getting dark and cooling off. Bug zappers don’t seem to work. Those machines emitting the high-pitch noise don’t seem to work.
Citronella candles seem to work better, as does putting on Skin So Soft – but neither of these are very good for your health. We buy all natural solutions online every year, to take the sting out of the mosquitoes in our yard.
Still, short of surrounding the entire house in mosquito netting, they will come around if you don’t take steps to deter them.
Here are some helpful tips:
Eliminate sources of standing water in your yard. Store flower pots, watering cans, boats, and wheelbarrows upside down.
Empty tire swings of any water and, if possible, replace them with another type of swing.
Cover any garbage, recycling, or composting containers to prevent water from gathering in them.
Drill holes in the bottom of containers that must be left outdoors uncovered.
Replace water in bird baths and outdoor pet dishes at least twice a week to help get rid of stagnant water.
Empty your rain barrel if the water is more than a week old, unless it is properly protected with a fine-screened cover.
Keep your swimming pool aerated, cleaned, and chlorinated, even if it is not being used.
Dump any water that collects on your swimming pool cover.
Turn over plastic wading pools when they’re not being used. Change the water in your wading pool at least twice a week.
Keep your gutters clean.
Check under shrubbery and lawn coverings for hidden containers or pooling water in low spots.
Modify your landscape to get rid of water that collects in low areas on your property. Mosquitoes can develop in any puddle that lasts more than 7 to 10 days during warm weather.
Repair any leaks from outdoor water pipes, joints, or hoses. Replace washers on outdoor taps that drip.
And finally, don’t forget to aerate your ornamental pond.