Mosquito tips, traps, and bug spray should repel insects, not you and your family-but some of the chemicals used in mosquito repellent can sometimes do exactly that. A recent study shows 60 percent of Americans shy away from any insect repellent, even when the mosquito-borne West Nile virus may be a serious threat. Add to that a Centers for Disease Control Report stating that spraying pesticides is actually the least effective mosquito control technique and you may be scratching your head, wondering just how to keep biting bugs at bay. The advice from scientists: Go natural to take a safer buite out of bug season.
There are a variety of steps people can take toreduce the number of mosquitoes intheir yards without using bugspray. Try these tips:
Water, Water Everywhere? Take a walk around your yard or outdoor space and look for standing water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in still puddles. Eliminating those puddles can reduce the number of bugs in your yard. Change the water in birdbaths and pet dishes regularly and be sure to dump any water that's collected in pots or other containers around the yard. It's also smart to drill holes in the bottom of tire swings.
Nowhere to Hide? Keepingyour yard well-trimmed can cut down on the places mosquitoes have to hide from predators, such as birds or other bugs. Fewer hiding spots could mean fewer mosquitoes (and fewer mosquito bites).