Mosquito Repellent for Patios, Backyards, and Porches
Keeping mosquitoes away from your yard is a high priority during spring and summer, but do you know how to choose the best mosquito repellent for your lawn, porch or patio? Learn what to consider before you buy.
Make sure you're choosing the best mosquito repellent for yard and home use so you and your loved ones can enjoy the summer weather in comfort and safety. Here's what you need to know:
How to choose a mosquito repellent
The key to choosing a quality mosquito repellent lies in figuring out how you'll use it and how long you need the repellent to last. Repellent inevitably fades over time. Once it does, you'll either need to reapply it or head indoors.
If you're planning on spending more time outside, choose a repellent that's rated to last at least as long as you'll be outdoors, or know how often the manufacturer recommends reapplication.
You should also pay close attention to the ingredients and concentrations of those ingredients used in the repellent. Higher concentrations of active ingredients (up to 50% in DEET) tend to last longer and provide stronger protection against bites. However, some individuals may express sensitivities to some of those higher concentrations. Be sure to follow CDC guidelines when applying repellents containing DEET.
Regardless of the type of repellent you're using, read through the inactive ingredients list thoroughly as well, if they are listed. If you're allergic to any of the ingredients or think you might have a sensitivity to one of them, don't use the repellent.
What kind of mosquito repellent should you use?
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), products containing the following active ingredients typically provide reasonably long-lasting protection:
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD
When choosing a great patio bug repellent to help you better enjoy the outdoors, look for products that contain at least one of these ingredients. Just make sure you're using the products according to the directions on the label and be aware of any potential age-restrictions associated with the ingredients.
The CDC suggests that parents avoid using OLE or PMD-based solutions on children under 3 years old.
How does mosquito repellent work?
DEET is often considered the best outdoor mosquito repellent. Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus, while effective, are only about as effective as a repellent with 10% DEET. Although it's commonly referred to as a repellent, DEET is really used to confuse the mosquitoes. DEET is designed to be applied directly on a person's skin. It works by making it difficult for biting bugs, like mosquitoes, to detect a person by interfering with the mosquito's sense of smell.
To fight off mosquitoes and ticks, an estimated one-third of people in the United States use DEET products in some variety, whether it's liquid, lotion, spray or some other form. The concentrations of DEET in products vary, so pay close attention to the concentration in the repellent you're using. Higher concentrations of DEET mean that the repellent may last longer.
How to prevent mosquito bites
You shouldn't solely rely on indoor or patio bug repellent to help fight off mosquitoes in and around your home. You'll also want to take additional precautions. After all, even the best mosquito repellent for patio, yard and indoor use won't last forever and that means you'll be more vulnerable to bites when you least expect them. And since mosquitoes can multiply quickly, it's important to take the necessary steps to help control them earlier rather than later.
As with most pests, mosquito control begins with prevention. Here are some steps you can take to help prevent mosquitoes on your property and in your home.
How to repel mosquitoes from your backyard
Getting rid of mosquitoes in the backyard is the first step in keeping them from seeking out you and your loved ones around your home. Though the best outdoor mosquito repellents can reduce your risk of getting bitten when you're outdoors, it's not always enough to keep the pesky insects at bay.
There are a few things you can do to make your yard less attractive to mosquitoes in the first place.
Remove water sources
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so any stagnant water sources — even those as small as a bottle cap — are potential breeding grounds. That can include clogged gutters, old tires, garbage cans, tarps, dripping outdoor faucets and more. Instead of ignoring standing water, clear it out. Tighten tarps so they don't collect water and dump out buckets, garbage cans and any other water-retaining containers. Get dripping faucets fixed and keep your gutters clean throughout the year.
Change out water sources routinely
There may be some purposeful water sources around your home that you don't want to eliminate, like pet bowls, birdbaths and fountains that have still pools of water or run slowly. You can routinely change these water sources so that mosquito larvae have a difficult time developing. If changing the water isn't feasible, consider adding an aerator to the pools. This will circulate the water and reduce the likelihood of mosquitoes laying eggs there.
Replace outdoor lighting
Like many other insects, mosquitoes are attracted to some frequencies of light. To better enjoy your backyard in the evening, replace your outdoor lighting with yellow "bug lights" or LED lights that insects are not attracted to. This can help your home attract fewer mosquitoes.
Seal and screen entry points
Mosquitoes can find their way into your home through tiny openings. Check to make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed and also have your doors and porches properly screened to help keep pests out of your home.
Call Terminix® for mosquito control
Controlling and preventing mosquitoes on your property alone isn't always enough to keep those unwanted pests from wreaking havoc on your outdoor time. Fortunately, pest control professionals are trained to locate key mosquito hiding spots and they know the effective ways to help control the pest populations.
Terminix Mosquito Control uses a dual-action approach to help keep the pests away. Contact Terminix today to schedule a consultation and learn more about what you can do to prepare for mosquito season.