One of the most fulfilling parts of the warm season is the ability to spend time with friends and family outdoors. Whether its relaxing on the patio, playing catch in the yard, or taking a dip in the pool, outdoor get-togethers are some of the best ways to spend time with people you love while getting some fresh air and sunshine at the same time. Unfortunately, mosquitos love the warm weather just as much as we do. Luckily for us, there are a few practical ways we can reduce the likelihood of those pesky, itchy, red mosquito bites.

In states that experience freezing winters like Kansas, mosquito season typically begins when the temperature stays consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and usually ends after the first freeze of the season. For a state like Kansas, this means the peak of mosquito season is a time range that spans roughly from May to September.

Fortunately, there are many practical and effective ways to keep yourself better protected from these pesky pests. Below are some effective methods of mosquito control that you can use at home:

  1. Reduce or eliminate smaller sources of standing water around your home. Mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in standing or lightly flowing bodies of water. This can mean any empty pots, cans, potholes, or birdbaths that have water in them. Getting rid of these sources of standing water can reduce the population of mosquitoes on your property significantly.
  2. Use a bug zapper. The use of a bug zapper in your outdoor spaces can be a very effective way to eliminate mosquitoes, as well as many other flying pests.
  3. Light repellant outdoor candles. Citronella candles are a proven way to repel mosquitoes, who can’t stand the smell.
  4. Get your property professionally treated for mosquitoes. One of the most effective ways to make sure your house is mosquito-free is to treat the area around your house, especially areas where mosquitoes rest and breed like trees and shrubs. Green Pest Solutions offers safe and effective mosquito treatments. For more information, check out our website at gpspest.com/yard.