Angie's List: Preventing Mosquitoes

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Mosquitoes can ruin a summer barbecue faster than a rotten hamburger, but there are ways to fight the bite in your yard. For homeowner Jerry McVeigh, living on a wooded lot with a pond and a lake, he has seen his fair share of mosquitoes.
So McVeigh hired a professional mosquito control company to treat his yard regularly.

"We tried everything: foggers, all the different coils. You name it, we tried it. And a lot of other people I'm sure understand this - we were so sensitive about strong chemicals because of what's going on with the wildlife," McVeigh said.

Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance when you're out trying to have a family barbecue, but they are also a health risk. For example, you could get West Nile. Making sure you have a comfortable outdoor mosquito-free area is important for your family.With a little preventative maintenance and monitoring, you can gain the upper hand on mosquitoes.

"There are many places around a homeowner's property where they can look for sources of standing water. The thing is we are only looking for a very small amount of water. In fact, it only takes a soda bottle cap full of water to breed several hundred mosquitoes," Mosquito Control Contractor, Ken Frost, said.

Empty bird baths, kiddie pools, flower pot saucers, and keep gutters clear.

"If you tackled every effort you can as a homeowner you might need to hire a professional. Having someone come in you need to talk to them exactly about their experience in treating mosquitoes and then also ask what kind of chemicals and treatments they are going to use especially if you have children or pets," Angie Hicks, of Angie's List, said.

Pest control experts say a mosquito like anything else has to eat to live so their target areas are leaves. On the bottom side of leaves you'll see there are plant nectar veins, that is what the mosquitoes are after so when applying product to foliage dries it up and when the mosquito comes to feed on that, it kills them off.

Also, consider planting wisely.Several types of plants also act as a natural mosquito repellent.
Mosquitoes also avoid catnip, lavender, marigolds, basil and peppermint.