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Portland Pest Control Tips for a Mosquito-Free Yard

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The spring is just a preview of what’s to come during the hot summer months, when the mosquito population loves to make its presence known. As if the itching wasn’t bad enough, we now need to worry about falling ill with the West Nile Virus when bitten by these nuisance pests. While a Portland pest control company can’t do much to permanently get rid of these bloodsuckers around your home, there are a handful of simple tips you can use to make your property unattractive to mosquitoes. By starting now with pest control, Portland residents can enjoy an itch-free summer.

How to Prevent Mosquitoes

Eliminate breeding grounds. As any Portland pest control pro will tell you, the first step toward keeping mosquitoes at bay is to address any standing water around your property, as water provides an attractive place for the pests to breed. For starters, make sure you cover your swimming pool whenever it’s not in use. Change out the water in outdoor pet bowls daily, and if you have an outdoor water feature, add some mosquito-eating minnows to keep the pest population down. Survey your property for any other sources of standing water that need to be eliminated, such as:

  • Birdbaths
  • Ponds and water features that don’t have pumps
  • Old tires
  • Buckets
  • Clogged gutters
  • Water pooled on the ground around your property
  • Tarps with pooled water

Keep your yard neat. An unruly, overgrown yard encourages pests of all kinds, including mosquitoes. Keep your outdoor trash cans covered; weed regularly and keep your grass cut short; and get rid of any yard debris such as lawn clippings.

Add mosquito-repelling plants. Including the following plants in your landscape can help discourage mosquitoes from hanging around your property:

  • Citronella grass
  • Catnip (Iowa State University researchers found that catnip can be more effective at repelling mosquitoes than the DEET chemical)
  • Horsemint (also called “Beebalm”)
  • Marigolds
  • Ageratum (also called “Flossflowers”)
  • Basil
  • Eucalyptus tree varieties
  • Lavender
  • Lemon grass
  • Lemon balm
  • Pennyroyal
  • Peppermint
  • Pitcher plant
  • Rosemary
  • Wormwood varieties

If you’re not sure whether you’ve done all you can to prevent your yard from becoming a mosquito oasis, call a Portland pest control specialist for an onsite inspection and help creating a custom mosquito prevention plan

[ Photo by: hofluk, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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