Ottawa summer is here and that means hot days and high humidity, the perfect storm for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can ruin your backyard cookouts and cut the party short in when the sun goes down. Proper mosquito prevention techniques provide an environment allowing you to enjoy outdoor activities without going crazy.
Despite being a nuisance, mosquitoes are responsible for 300 million deaths annually from mosquito born infections. They also put your family, children and pets at risk too. Vets recommend an edible heart work medicine to prevent the disease in dogs and cats. Flea & tick medicine often protects pets from West Nile, Dengue and other mosquito-borne illness. But how can we protect our family and children?
Mosquitoes consume plant nectar, living in tall grasses and around leafy plants and shrubs that provide shade from the sun. Any piles of yard debris and stagnant water provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes. A&Z Interlock recommends keeping a weekly yard routine, mowing the grass, removing or changing the water in fountains, and cleaning your hardscape area. Apart from controlling the insects keeping a proper routine means healthy and beautiful plants. There are many over the counter organic products that you can put on your lawn that keeps green things healthy and works to build an environment that prevents the mosquitoes from reaching maturity which usually takes about 2 weeks.
Going with plants that naturally deter mosquitoes is a winning combination. Beautiful geraniums and lemon balm have natural oils that prevent mosquitoes from hanging out in your yard. Other plants include lavender, basil, marigold, rosemary and mint.
Birds, bats and dragonflies eat mosquitoes and designing habitats for them is another great way to control the bugs in your Ottawa yard.
Mosquitoes are attracted to the CO2 emitted by breathing animals. There is a product on Amazon called the DynaTrap it releases CO2 attracting the mosquitoes and with a fan, it sucks the bugs into its collection area. I have used this product at a cottage and noticed a significant reduction in the severity of bugs. At $150 it isn’t a novelty item. If you are looking for something that is both cheap and effective try an oscillating fan as the wind it produces is no match for the lightweight mosquitoes. It keeps the bugs at bay anywhere the wind blows.
Hardscaping a portion of your yard is one of the best ways to reduce annoying mosquitoes. Our customers who install interlock patios always report fewer bugs and a more enjoyable experience that lets the enjoy the sunset instead of rushing inside the house. By eliminating plants that encourage mosquito growth, hardscaping your yard is an excellent way to help control mosquitoes.