Mosquito Control: Rid Your Backyard BBQ of These Pests

What You'll Need
Lemon scented ammonia
Mild shampoo
Garden hose
Hose end sprayer
Lawn mower
Safety goggles
Rubber boots
Mosquito repellent plants

If you love barbeques, you may have to undertake some mosquito control. This helps to create a more comfortable environment for you to enjoy your barbeques. Even just a moderate presence of mosquitoes is enough to aggravate. The constant buzz and occasional bite which leave you with an itch are a nuisance. You may have to constantly slap your skin to scare the insects away. This makes your stay outside more harassment than relaxation. The steps outlined below can help you eliminate these insect pests from your backyard.

Step 1 – Mix Ingredients

Wear gloves before you prepare the solution. They’ll help to protect your skin from irritation. Measure 4 cups of scented ammonia and 1 cup of mild shampoo in a small bucket. Use a stick to vigorously stir the solution. Place a funnel into the hose end sprayer to help you pour in the solution neatly.

Step 2 – Attach Garden Hose to Sprayer

Take your garden hose and attach it to the hose end sprayer. Be sure to connect it firmly to enable a smooth flow and eliminate leakage.

Step 3 – Spraying

Walk at a slow spray as you generously discharge the solution through the hose. Aim at the plants and vegetation around you. It is best to spray on both sides as you walk rather than in the path in front of you. You may want to spray twice to ensure effective coverage. It is best to spray your yard 2 to 3 times weekly. Spray in the early morning or late evening when the weather tends to be cooler.

Step 4 – Trim Vegetation

Overgrown plants, tall grass, bushes, wood piles, fallen leaves and other debris attract mosquitoes to your compound. They also encourage snakes and other pests. It is best to trim tall vegetation to a lower height and maintain it at that level. Mow your lawn as often as required to keep the grass at a manageable level. This may take some effort but the rewards are well worth the labor. It also helps if you keep your trash bin covered at all times. Clean the area around the trash to discourage mosquitoes and other pests.

Step 5 – Stagnant Water

Pools of stagnant water are perfect sites for mosquitoes to breed. Inspect your backyard for containers, broken pots and other items where water tends to accumulate during rains. Gather up all such items and dispose of appropriately. If you notice any areas in the ground with water build-up, you can fill such sites with sand. This helps to reduce stagnant water in your backyard.

Step 6 – Mosquito Repellent Plants

You may want to grow certain plants that help to keep mosquitoes at bay. Some plants that mosquitoes dislike include eucalyptus, geraniums, marigolds, rosemary and catnip. Areas with any of these plants tend to repel mosquitoes. It is a good idea to grow 2 to 3 types for more effective control.