Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but it also brings unwelcome guests in the form of mosquitoes. These pesky insects can quickly turn your outdoor oasis into a nuisance-filled nightmare. Not only do mosquitoes cause itchy bites, but they can also transmit dangerous diseases like West Nile virus and Zika virus. Mosquitos can also transmit heartworm to your furry friends.  

Here's what you need to know about effective mosquito control so that you and your family can enjoy a safe and comfortable summer in your outdoor living space.

Eliminate Standing Water

Mosquitoes need standing water to breed, so the first step in mosquito control is to eliminate any standing water in your yard. This can include anything from bird baths and kiddie pools to clogged gutters and old tires — even your pet's water dish can provide a breeding ground for mosquitos if allowed to sit out overnight. Be sure to empty any standing water regularly to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. During the height of mosquito season, you should be inspecting your yard for all standing water sources on a nightly basis. 

Install Fans and Screened Enclosures

Mosquitoes are weak flyers, so installing fans in your outdoor space can help keep them at bay. Screened enclosures are also an effective way to keep mosquitoes out while still enjoying the outdoors. If you have a patio or deck, consider installing a screened enclosure to create a mosquito-free zone.

Use Mosquito Repellent

Using mosquito repellent is an effective way to keep mosquitoes away from your skin. Look for repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus for the best protection. You can also use citronella candles and mosquito coils to help repel mosquitoes in outdoor areas.

Plant Mosquito-Repelling Plants

Certain plants are known to repel mosquitoes, including citronella, lavender, and basil. Planting these in your yard can help reduce mosquito populations naturally. You can also use essential oils from these plants to make your own mosquito repellent.

Professional Mosquito Control Services

For those who want a more hands-off approach to mosquito control, professional mosquito control services are available. These services typically involve the use of insecticides to eliminate adult mosquitoes and prevent breeding. Some services may also use natural methods like mosquito traps and biological controls.

Ask your local pest control companies for more information on keeping your outdoor living space free of mosquitos and other pests this summer.