Having a backyard opens up a whole new space to relax, play with your kids and entertain friends and family. Unfortunately, annoying insects are an unpleasant part of the great outdoors, and mosquitoes are one of the most troubling species. Not only are these pest hard to get rid but they can also transmit diseases to both people and pets. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to get rid of mosquitoes and start enjoying your backyard.
Homemade Mosquito Trap
A homemade mosquito trap works by enticing the mosquitoes into the trap and, once inside the trap, they become disoriented and eventually die. To make your own mosquito trap, rinse the inside of a 2-liter plastic bottle clean before removing the label. Cut about one-third inch off the top of the bottle. Fill the bottom portion of the bottle with water until it is about one-third full. Stir in 1 tablespoon of yeast and 1/3 cup of granulated sugar into the water until well dissolved. Place the top of the bottle that you cut off onto the other half of the bottle so the neck of the bottle is facing inside the bottom portion of the bottle and staple in place. The final step is to glue a brown paper bag to the outside of the bottle and then set the trap in the area where you are having the mosquito problem.
Repel Mosquitoes Naturally
Instead of purchasing chemically-filled mosquito repellent, make your own safer version by mixing 1 part garlic juice with 5 parts water. Place the mixture into a garden sprayer and lightly mist your back yard, such as the grass and plants. Furthermore, you should also add plants that naturally repel mosquitoes, such as marigolds and basil, to your backyard.
Kill the Larva
Mosquito larva need standing water in order to survive, and if you can eliminate standing water in your backyard, you will go a long way in keeping mosquitoes away. If you have a pond or other large body of water in your backyard, you can use a water treatment for mosquitoes to keep them at bay. If you need a quick treatment for smaller areas of standing water, such as a bird bath, pour some vegetable oil into the water. The oil will create a thin and safe layer of film on the water surface that prevents the mosquito larva from breathing, thus suffocating them.