They are the peskiest of pests, and they are at their height of peskiness during August. But there are ways to control the population in your yard. It's not only their itchy bites that are problematic, but there is also need for worry over the diseases they carry.
Armed with the right knowledge, you make it a fair fight and hopefully come close to winning the battle against these annoying summer visitors.
Most people don't think about their gutters when thinking of breeding grounds for mosquitoes. A collection of built up leaves in your gutters stores just enough water to make these areas an optimal spot for mosquitoes to leave their larvae. Keep the gutters clean and be sure there are no clogs.
To keep the breeding mosquitoes away from your yard, be sure and keep your grass mowed. Mosquitoes like to hang out in the weeds during the day and if the lawn is tall and the weeds are many, the mosquito population in the evening will certainly show it.
Now that we've told you what does work, let's discuss what doesn't work.
Bug zappers. They kill other bugs, but don't count on them for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not attracted to bug zappers. Period.
The most important way to control the mosquito population is to limit standing water. Be aware of the spots in your yard that could attract mosquitoes and do what's necessary to alleviate the problem.