Mosquitoes can really ruin a backyard barbecue. Not only do they make you develop itchy bumps, but they also can carry disease. It’s hard to eat, drink or enjoy yourself when you’re swatting away these bloodsuckers. You can take measures to reduce mosquito activity on your property, though.

Get Rid Of Stagnant Water

Most people are aware that stagnant water can provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes. That means that birdbaths, rain barrels and water features in your yard can lead to swarms. However, you might not know that improperly maintained swimming pools can harbor these pests.

Even the smallest amount of water can become a breeding area for mosquitoes. Don’t leave out trash or debris that can collect rainwater.

Thin Out Your Garden

You might love the shade that your garden provides. The bad news is that the mosquitoes love it too.

The insects seek shelter in areas that contain moisture. The lanky weeds in your garden are the perfect paradise. Dense ground cover can conceal mosquitoes and serve as an abundant mosquito habitat. Tall grasses and thick shrubs may also create an ideal environment for the flying insects.

Because eliminating vegetation in your landscape may not be desirable or possible, you might want to consider hiring a company such as Germantown Pest Control to spray your yard to keep the pests at bay.

Another option is to grow plants that work as natural mosquito repellents. These include:

They work best when their oils are released. Therefore, you might want to tousle the plants a bit before you invite guests over.

Use Double-Duty Lighting

Mosquitoes are more active at dusk than they are during the day. Unfortunately, that’s prime time for a backyard barbecue. Take advantage of pest-repellent lighting to enhance the mood and prevent your guests from being attacked.

Citronella candles are a go-to option for mosquito control. You can also find battery-operated LED lanterns or lawn stakes that release chemicals that deter the pests.

Set Up Fans

You’re more likely to get bitten by mosquitoes in the stagnant, humid air that marks summers in Tennessee. Use oscillating fans to make it harder for the insects to land. Fans can also blow away the carbon dioxide that you and your guests breathe out. Mosquitoes use this gas to help them find their next target. If they can’t detect the compound, they’re less likely to feed on you.

You shouldn’t have to stop enjoying your yard in the warmer months because you share it with mosquitoes. If your DIY tactics aren’t working, contact Germantown Pest Control & Termite to learn how we can treat your property for mosquitoes and prevent the insects from returning.