Say Goodbye to Mosquitoes: 10 top tips to keep those pesky pests away

Posted on January 22, 2024 by Aaron

The great Aussie backyard – a sanctuary for relaxation, BBQโ€™s, and, unfortunately, the uninvited buzz of mosquitoes. The excess sun, rain, and in recent months, extreme humidity have created the perfect recipe for these annoying insects to thrive and it can turn serene evenings into itchy ordeals. fear not! With a few smart strategies, you can reclaim your outdoor sanctuary.

Here are the Rosemount Turf 10 top tips to keep mosquitoes at bay and enjoy peaceful, itch-free evenings in your backyard.

1. Remove Standing Water ๐Ÿ’ง

Mosquitoes love to breed in stagnant water. To spoil their party, regularly empty out water from flowerpots, birdbaths, and buckets. Every little pool you remove is a breeding ground gone.

2. Plant Mosquito Repellent Plants ๐ŸŒผ

Nature offers its own bug repellent. Planting mosquito-deterring plants like Lemon Myrtle, Lavender, Marigolds, and Citronella not only beautifies your garden but also keeps the mozzies away. It’s a win-win!

3. Use Citronella Candles or Torches ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Nothing sets the mood and keeps mosquitoes away like citronella. Light up some citronella candles or torches in your outdoor area to create a fragrant yet ambient, mosquito-free zone.

4. Install Screens on Windows and Doors ๐Ÿก

Let the breeze in but keep the bugs out. Installing fine-mesh screens on windows and doors is an effective way to enjoy fresh air without mosquito intruders.

5. Apply Insect Repellent ๐ŸฆŸ

When planning to spend time outdoors, don’t forget to use an effective insect repellent. Not all products are created equal however. Bushmans with DEET works well however itโ€™s not for everyone. RID is also worth trying if you can find a can.

6. Wear Light-Colored Clothing ๐Ÿ‘•

Did you know mosquitoes have a thing for dark clothing? Be the life of the party and dress in lighter colours for your evening outdoor adventures to stay off their radar.

7. Utilize Mosquito Nets ๐Ÿ›Œ

For those who love to lounge outdoors, mosquito nets can be your best friend. Drape them over hammocks or outdoor beds for a bug-free chill zone.

8. Encourage Natural Predators ๐Ÿฆ

Roll out the welcome mat for mosquito loving critters. If you have the space attract Water Dragons and native birds to your yard; they’re natural mosquito controllers.

9. Use Outdoor Fans ๐Ÿ’จ

Create a breeze to blow those weak flying mozzies away. Outdoor fans can provide enough wind to keep these pests at bay and will also cool you down making your outdoor gatherings more enjoyable.

10. Keep Grass and Shrubs Trimmed ๐ŸŒพ

A tidy yard is less inviting to mosquitoes. Regularly trim your lawn and shrubs to minimize their resting spots and surrounding shrubs that may be a launching pad for their next attack.

What If You’ve Already Been Bitten? ๐Ÿ’‰

Despite our best efforts, sometimes those crafty mosquitoes manage a sneak attack. If you find yourself with itchy, swollen bites, don’t worry โ€“ there’s a solution. Over-the-counter antihistamines can be a real lifesaver in these situations. They help reduce itching and swelling, especially in more severe reactions. Remember, it’s always a good idea to have some antihistamine on hand during mosquito season. It’s like having a first aid kit for bites โ€“ because let’s face it, even with all the precautions, those little buzzers can sometimes get the best of us.

Mosquitoes are a part of life in Australia, but they don’t have to ruin your outdoor enjoyment. Implementing these 10 strategies can significantly reduce their presence in your backyard. So, go ahead, fire up the BBQ, relax in your lawn chair, and soak in the beautiful Aussie evenings, all in peace and comfort.

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