How to Combat Ticks and Mosquitoes in Your Backyard

Mosquito and tick-borne diseases can be extremely problematic. You should always wear insect-repellent to keep yourself safe. Ticks in the backyard can be dealt with in other ways also, keeping you, your family and your pets safe.

Here is what you can do to repel ticks and mosquito from your backyard.

Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Grounds

The most effective way to deal with mosquito bites is to not get bitten in the first place. In order to do this, it is important to keep them away from your backyard. Clean your gutters thoroughly for starters. Then, make sure to eliminate any sources of standing water like swimming pool covers, wheelbarrows, old tires and birdbaths.

Backyard ponds should be well aerated and stocked with fish that will eat mosquito larvae. It also helps to clear decaying leaves and ivy away from your backyard as well.

Consider Using Repellents or Traps

You may also want to consider using repellent products such as battery-powered geraniol blowing diffusers and citronella candles. These can be somewhat effective ways of repelling mosquito, but even better is a pedestal fan that oscillates. This reportedly reduced mosquito landings on people sitting close by somewhere between 45% and 65%.

Mosquito traps employing adhesive pads, electric grids and fans to kill mosquitoes can also be useful. These devices attract mosquitoes, killing them when they come in contact. However, their efficacy is somewhat undermined by the fact that new mosquitoes quickly take the place of the killed ones.

Another useful thing to try is placing yellow light bulbs or LED around the house.

Avoid Harmful Chemicals

We don’t recommend the use of misters or yard foggers which spray insecticide. The chemicals they spray can be seriously dangerous for human health. Some can even cause neurological problems and endocrine disruption among other problems, and they can be accidentally inhaled quite easily.

Eliminating ticks

Ticks thrive in shade and tall grass. This means that you must mow your lawn frequently, keeping the grass short. Remove debris and leaves from your backyard and maximize its exposure to sunlight. You may also want to put a fence up around your home to keep out stray animals that carry ticks.

Also, be sure to examine yourself, your kids, and your pets, checking thoroughly for ticks, after spending time outside.

Protecting Yourself from Stinging Insects

Stinging insects, such as wasps and bees, will generally not harm you if you leave them alone. Leave their nests untouched unless they’re in a busy area. Otherwise, wait for autumn and winter, when they will leave their nests, abandoning them.

Should you need to remove their nests urgently for some reason, it’s best done in the early spring. The optimal time of day is early in the morning or late in the evening. These are times at which the insects’ activity is greatly reduced.

Insecticide sprays or powders could also be called for. However, be sure to follow the directions given, keeping your children and pets away. Also, be sure to wear protective clothing from head to toe yourself. If you need to get on a ladder to remove nests, don’t do it yourself. Seek professional help instead.