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How to Keep Mosquitoes and Ticks Away

Summertime is fantastic - except when you're trying to have a fun summer barbeque with your family, and mosquitoes and ticks come out to feast. Luckily, Dial Environment's Mosquito and Tick Reduction Program can save you the headache of bug bites and possible Lyme disease, with the best mosquito control in Roseland, NJ.

 

It's a good idea to consult an expert. However, you can take steps yourself to stop mosquitoes and ticks from infiltrating your home and putting a halt on your summer backyard plans. Some of these backyard treatments might also make fun DIY projects or family activities.

Tips on Repelling Mosquitos

Keeping mosquitoes from invading your home might seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are several simple, not to mention fun, solutions you can try to keep mosquitoes at bay.

  • Remove stagnant water sources: Mosquitos use standing water to lay their eggs. If you have a birdbath or a pet's water bowl, remove the excess water to prevent mosquitoes from settling in your yard.
  • Smelly candles: Candles with citronella or other essential oils, like lavender and lemongrass, can repel mosquitos. If desired, rub these oils on your skin.
  • Create bug-repelling luminaries: All you need to make this homemade mosquito treatment is a few mason jars, some essential oils, lemons, and limes. Combine the ingredients, pour a little water in, and light a tea candle inside the jar.
  • Spruce up your backyard with smelly flowers: Mosquitoes, for some reason, hate the smells of many beautiful flowers. You can use lavender, eucalyptus, marigold, bee balm, and other types to pretty up your backyard space and help make it mosquito-free.

Tips on Repelling Ticks

Repelling ticks may be similar in some ways to repelling mosquitoes. However, you should take slightly more care since ticks carry more disease and stick more to your skin and clothes.

  • Rose geranium essential oil: Keeping a small bottle of rose geranium essential oil is a time-proven tick repellant. You can put a drop or two on your shoes or skin to keep pests away.
  • Keep backyard playsets and toys away from dense grass: Maintaining your yard is probably the easiest mosquito and tick yard treatment. Mow your lawn so that the grass does not become dense or moist, and keep playthings away from where moisture can accumulate, such as by tall grass or woodpiles. Mosquitoes and ticks love to lay their eggs there.
  • Stay in the open when outside: That's not to say you shouldn't enjoy your favorite walk in the woods.  Ticks love wooded areas and can more easily bite you if you keep brushing against bushes or trees in shaded areas. Stay in the center of woody paths, and use umbrellas for shade instead of low-lying trees.
  • Wear protective clothing: The best way to get rid of mosquitos and ticks is to cover your skin, especially if you cannot avoid woody areas. Tuck your pant legs into your socks so ticks cannot crawl down onto your foot.

How To Get Rid of Mosquitos and Ticks

The Solution: Dial Environmental’s Mosquito & Tick Reduction Program

 

While the tips above can be a good starting point, sometimes you need the help of a professional to handle the ticks and mosquitos plaguing your backyard. That's where we can come in. You'll find not just brief descriptions of our services and treatments here, but we'll also educate you on the different mosquitoes or ticks in your area.

 

Finding mosquito and tick treatment for yards does not have to be hard. If you want extra, friendly assistance, feel free to give Dial Environmental Pest Control a call! We're here to service Essex County all year round, no matter what pests we have to control for you.

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