Removing Breeding Sites
Start by removing breeding sites. Empty anything that contains standing water since this is where mosquitoes lay eggs. Turn over buckets or containers so that they never fill with water. If you have a pond or fountain, then throw in a mosquito dunk that will kill any eggs appearing in the water. The dunk contains a special type of bacteria that kills mosquito eggs but is harmless to humans and other wildlife.
A simple control method is a repellent spray. You use this spray on your skin before going outside. The chemicals in the spray will repel mosquitoes for a certain period of time. You will have to reapply the spray regularly especially if you are sweating. A drawback of sprays is that they can have unpleasant odors and sometimes cause a little skin irritation. A natural repellent for your skin is a little diluted neem oil.
One of the most common and popular ways to control mosquitos is with a trap. These devices emit carbon dioxide to attract mosquitoes. The pests are captured after entering the trap. They die later. Mosquito traps can help to keep relatively large areas of your property free from the pests. They do need to be cleaned and maintained regularly.
If you have a serious mosquito problem, then you can install a timed sprayer system. The sprayer releases pesticides into key parts of your property on a set schedule each day. This can slowly kill all the mosquitoes on your property and keep the population under control. The system can be expensive to install at first and does spread pesticides across your plants and property.
Plants to Repel Mosquitoes
You can put a variety of plants around your patio or property to naturally repel mosquitoes. The most common and effective are citrosum, lavender, catnip, lemon balm, sage and rosemary. Put these plants in any combination in dense patches around the areas where you spend the most time outdoors. You can even run your hands through the plants and rub the accumulated oils on your skin to act as a natural repellent.
Mosquitoes are repelled by the scent of lemon. Another natural control method is to spray pure lemon juice around your yard, patio, deck or outdoor furniture. Do this around 15 minutes before going outside to drive mosquitoes away. You can also spray your entire property once a week to keep mosquitoes from settling in the area and breeding.