Tease - Afraid to go out into your own backyard for fear of becoming a
I swear I have already swatted a
dozen skeeters this spring. While it
feels like it should be way too early to be telling you this, here are 5
Things to help you be skeeter free…
1 - Get rid of standing water on your property. That includes in gutters and children's play
toys, as well as anywhere else water may collect.
2 - Use plenty of N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide
when outside. Ok, so I was big-leaguing
you on the name. You probably know it as
DEET and it is an effective repellent.
3 - Have your home pest control company perform
a mosquito service on your lawn. They
will be able to treat areas that are susceptible to skeeters. It needs to be done monthly as that is the
staying power of the treatment. And no -
it won't kill pollinators.
4 - Use GE Bug Lights on your deck area. Although these lights are not a repellent per
se they do not attract mosquitoes like other incandescent lights do.
5 - Place a fan on your deck. Mosquitoes are very weak fliers, so a steady
stream of moving air can keep them away.
Citronella candles also will provide mild relief, but they offer no more
relief than any other type of candle producing smoke.
Btw - bug zappers and ultra-sonic devices are not effective
deterrents. Neither are eating garlic or
taking B12. Purple martins aren't even
an effective way of mosquito control.
Dragonflies on the other hand are natural predators…