You’ve sent the invitations, purchased the food, and put out the decorations. The guests have arrived, the music is playing, and the grill is hot and ready to go. Your backyard summer barbeque is in full swing and it’s gearing up to be an awesome afternoon and evening full of delicious food, great conversation, and all-around fun.

There’s just one problem. As the afternoon gives way to evening, some uninvited guests start showing up. At first, it’s just a few. In fact, you may barely even notice their arrival. As time goes on, however, their numbers will continue to increase until they vastly outnumber the invited guests! Before you know it, these unwelcome visitors will be pestering your guests and forcing the party inside.

Who are these uninvited party crashers? They’re mosquitoes!

If you are planning a backyard bash before the end of the summer season, you can take precautions now to prevent an outcome like the one above. Here’s how:

Reduce Standing Water in Your Yard

Mosquitoes need water to breed, so removing even the small areas of water that surround your home is essential to reducing the mosquito population in your yard.

  • If your lawn tends to be soggy, take measures to fix the problem. For example, if your home and lawn are on lower ground, water will naturally drain onto your property. If that’s the case, digging a small ditch that leads well away from your lawn can direct excess water away from your yard, greatly reducing the number of mosquitoes present.
  • If you water potted plants from the bottom, consider filling that area with sand before you pour in the water. The moisture will remain available for the plants, but unusable for the mosquitoes.
  • If you have a pool, either keep it tightly covered when not in use or treat it with chlorine. If it’s covered, make sure that water can’t puddle up on top of the cover.
  • If you own a bird bath or keep a bowl of water outside for your pet, be sure to empty and rinse them out at least once a week.

Consider Screens

Taking care of the standing water around your home will help a lot, but since they can fly from place to place, it’s impossible to completely eliminate pesky mosquitoes. To prepare for your outdoor gathering, you may want to consider erecting a screened-in area for the comfort of your guests.

Use Repellents

If you talk to ten people, you’ll get ten different answers about the best mosquito repellent on the market. Many people swear by essential oils. A few of the oils that are said to repel mosquitoes are lemongrass, eucalyptus, and lavender. These oils can sometimes be placed on skin or clothing (make sure to check the label first!), or they can be placed in diffusers or purchased in candles.

Mosquito traps lure mosquitoes in before trapping or zapping them.

There is now mosquito repellent clothing available that has repellent woven right into the fabric!

The most effective mosquito repellent is DEET. While it has a bit of a bad reputation, Consumer Reports states that studies show that it is safe to use. If you’re leery of spraying it directly on your skin, consider spraying it on your clothing instead.

Call in the Experts

Sometimes even when you’ve taken all the preventative measures you can think of, you may still be left with a mosquito problem. Whether you’re looking for a one-time treatment before your outdoor party or would like an ongoing treatment plan, ChemTec Pest Control’s professional mosquito abatement services can help with solve your mosquito problem and make sure that your backyard bash is a success.