As die-hard New Englanders know, fall’s arrival around here doesn’t always bring cooler temperatures. In fact, it can feel like Indian summer well into October, which means lots more chances to eat outdoors – and unfortunately, more mosquitos hanging around. If you’re planning some fall outdoor get-togethers, here are some tips for enjoying the yard while keeping the last of the mosquitoes away:
- Remove all standing water from the property, since that’s where mosquitoes like to breed and hang out. Think dog bowls, boat tarps, birdbaths, gutters, plastic toys – anywhere that rainwater can collect. Mosquitoes only need about an inch of water to attract them, so be thorough!
- Declutter the yard, looking for objects like tires that provide both a hiding place and insulation. Mosquitoes tend to lurk in these kinds of hiding places before coming out to feed – so while you’re working, you’ll want to also get rid of leaf piles, cut tree branches, or other lawn debris.
- Mow the grass and trim the hedges hours before people arrive. Mosquitoes’ favorite hiding spot is in vegetation – not only for the shelter but also to feed on nectar. So make sure the grass is short and all hedges, shrubs, and trees are trimmed properly.
- Set up an outdoor fan. Mosquitoes might be highly skilled at breeding and feeding, but they have a hard time flying in the wind. Having a fan blowing will make it tough for them to land on you and your guests – so before you light up the grill, set up a fan or two in the area where you’ll be sitting.
- Ignore the fashionistas, and wear white after Labor Day! Scientists aren’t sure why, but mosquitoes tend to gravitate to dark colors – and blue is their preferred shade, which helps explain why those bug zappers are always blue. They’re also harder to see against dark clothing. So stick to lighter colored clothes, and tell your guests to do the same.And remember, we at FPC are always available to answer your questions or come out for a free estimate. Call us anytime at 1-877-PESTS-55!