Summers are perfect for enjoying an evening or a night with friends or family in your backyard. Nothing can ruin these fun times faster than a swarm of mosquitoes, whether it is a barbeque night or a get-together. The buzzing, biting, and itching can not only irritate but spread serious diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika Virus. 

Symptoms of West Nile Virus:

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Body aches

  • Joint pains

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Rash on the trunk of the body

In more severe cases, less than 1% of people infected with WNV can develop serious neurological illnesses such as:

  • Encephalitis: Inflammation of the brain

  • Meningitis: Inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord

  • Acute flaccid paralysis: A sudden onset of weakness or paralysis that can affect various parts of the body

Symptoms of Zika Virus:

  • Fever

  • Rash

  • Joint pain

  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes)

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

These symptoms typically last for several days to a week. Many people infected with the Zika virus may not experience any symptoms at all or may have very mild symptoms.

Here are some tips to help you enjoy a mosquito-free backyard;

  1. Eliminate Standing Water:

Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Make it a habit to eliminate still water around your house. Empty and clean any containers that can collect water, such as flower pots, bird baths, and kiddie pools. Check for low spots in your yard where water might pool after rain, and fill them in or ensure proper drainage.

  1. Use Natural Repellents

Essential oils such as citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint are known to deter mosquitoes. Use these oils in diffusers, sprays, or candles around your yard. Plants like marigolds, lavender, basil, and rosemary not only beautify your garden but also repel mosquitoes due to their scent.

  1. Create a Barrier

Creating physical barriers can also help keep mosquitoes away. Screened-in porches provide a protected space where you can enjoy the outdoors without mosquito interference. Mosquito nets around seating areas or over tables can also be effective, especially during peak mosquito activity times.

  1. Maintain Your Yard

Regular yard maintenance can reduce mosquito habitats. Mow your lawn regularly to prevent tall grass, where mosquitoes like to rest. Trim bushes and hedges to reduce the number of cool, shaded areas where mosquitoes can hide during the day.

If the mosquito population in your backyard is beyond your control then it is best to contact a mosquito control service. One such expert in mosquito control is RidAway. It is EPA-approved,  state-licensed, and industry-certified, and uses biologically friendly pesticides that leave your home safe to return to. 

For a quick solution to an urgent intrusion, RidAway is ready to come to your rescue.