Mosquitoes in nature are just an expected issue, but when you are chilling on your back porch or kicking it with the kiddos in the backyard, the last thing you want to do is spend the entire time swatting and dodging to avoid these pesky bloodsuckers. Plus, there is now a bigger worry than ever before about mosquitoes carrying some pretty serious diseases, such as Zika and West Nile viruses. Chances are, unless you live in the middle of the forest, there are reasons why the mosquitoes seem more attracted to your property than they should be. Finding out the these reasons is the beginning to controlling the frustrating mosquito situation you're dealing with.
Mosquitoes are naturally attracted to standing water.
You may already know this, but what you may not know is why mosquitoes are attracted to standing water in the first place. The fact is, these pests actually seek out pools of murky water because they are the ideal environment for them to lay their eggs. When the eggs hatch into larvae, they feed on whatever organic matter is available, and then transform into what is known as wigglers, or baby mosquitoes. If you have standing water on your property, get rid of it and do so as quickly as possible--even just a small wading pool left to stagnate can attract a colony of mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes like to be in places where there is no air stirring.
If your backyard is heavily shaded with trees or otherwise closed off by fencing or otherwise, the problem with mosquitoes could lie in the fact that there is not a lot of air circulation. Mosquitoes prefer to hang out in places where there is no air flow because it just makes it easier on them to navigate and find food. If you give it a little thought, you can inject a little air circulation in your backyard--even if it is man-made. Situate a large outdoor fan, install outdoor ceiling fans on your patio if it has an awning, or even make some landscape changes to help encourage natural air flow, such as removing large hedges or bushy trees.
If you are dealing with a mosquito problem at home, it is always a good idea to take the time to make some changes to make the atmosphere less attractive. In addition to the aforementioned steps, you can also try natural remedies, such as planting lemon geranium, using cedar mulch, or burning pinion wood in your fire pit. Contact a pest control agent in your area for more ideas about controlling the mosquito population on your property.