Summertime – it’s the sound of kids playing outside, the smell of cookouts in the backyard, and of course, the return of those pests Texas residents know all too well. Mosquitos are the bane of every warm-weather outdoor event, and if you’re not careful, you can easily find yourself covered head to toe in itchy, red bumps. They also thrive in sticky, humid weather, and with all the rain we’ve seen in Texas recently, that means those bothersome creatures are bound to be just about everywhere.
No one wants to bathe in bug spray every time they step outside their door. Fortunately, gone are the days of choosing between noisy bug zappers and nasty chemicals to avoid those bites. There are a wide variety of mosquito repellents available, ranging from natural to technological. Here are the top five best repellents that will allow you to simply and easily enjoy a warm summer evening on your back porch.
A tried-and-true mosquito repellent that has stood the test of time, citronella candles are quite effective, while also emitting a pleasant scent (unlike traditional bug spray). You’ll want to make sure the candle you purchase has real citronella, however; some store-bought candles contain synthetic oils rather than natural essential oils and are therefore less effective. A real citronella candle is safe and effective as long as it’s the real deal.
If you’re looking for a natural alternative to bug spray, essential oils are the way to go. In addition to citronella oil, you can also topically apply lemon eucalyptus, clove, peppermint, lemongrass, basil, and thyme. The strength and effectiveness varies depending on the oil you use, and the amount of time between re-application varies as well. But essential oils are a great choice for those who prefer topical application without the usual stinky chemicals.
If you’d prefer not to invite bats, dragonflies or swallows into your yard, then this option may not be ideal. But if you don’t mind having these predators around, then putting up a bat house is a great way to eradicate your mosquito population. These animals are natural enemies to mosquitos, and will eat them by the thousands each night, without you having to lift a finger.
When it comes to portable, versatile treatments for those pesky insects, a repelling coil can come in handy. This type of coil typically burns for about 7 hours and is less expensive than other high-tech options. Because it is a spatial repellent, it’s important to keep in mind that under windy conditions it loses efficacy, so you may want to have an alternative on hand just in case.
If you’re looking for a highly-effective, far-reaching control method to cover a wide area, look no further than a battery-operated gadget like the Thermacell Radius. It’s easy, powerful, compact, and durable, making it a great choice for use both at home and on-the-go. While it is a little pricier than other alternatives, it’s long-lasting and guaranteed to repel mosquitos for up to 40 hours on just one refill. No bug spray required!
Pest Control Treatment Services
At Higher Ground, we provide pest control treatment services that will help take back your yard in no time that is insecticide and DEET free. Our team uses non-toxic an all-natural mosquito control approach. We apply monthly from March to October. This is the best-in-class product for natural pest control. It is extremely potent and used by thousands of families every day to kill and repel mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, fire-ants, as well as many other biting pests.
The best part is that it’s also 100% safe for kids, pets, adults, and even Koi Fish! Made with completely natural ingredients, our mosquito treatment is completely non-toxic. Plus, it won't harm the environment or beneficial insects like honeybees and butterflies. No pyrethrums or DEET, just a 100% natural and safe mixture of plant oils and emulsifiers. Independent laboratory testing shows our mosquito spray concentrate is extremely unfriendly to mosquitoes. It kills them and many other biting pests on contact as well as repelling them for up to 3-4 weeks.
These essential oils have been used individually for thousands of years by people all around the world for biting pest control, but we use a precision blend containing the best oils available. The mosquito spray is a powerful concentrate, composed of 6 active ingredients, all of which are essential oils: Cedarwood, Citronella, Lemongrass, Garlic, Geraniol, and Rosemary.
With ongoing pest management solutions, we aim to help families throughout the local area enjoy their outdoor spaces, free of pests. If you need help ridding your yard of those nuisances, call Higher Ground Lawn Care & Lighting today for more information!