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What Attracts Mosquitoes To Atlanta Properties?

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Your planned event is fast approaching, and you’re hoping to soon kick back at home with a small group of family and friends. The weather is supposed to be nice, and your backyard will serve as a perfect setting for your relaxing get-together, except for one small detail: your backyard is overrun with mosquitoes. You can’t step outside without mosquitoes swarming you; how can you expect your guests to relax while being chewed alive?

While it seems some people are mosquito magnets compared to others, no one is immune to becoming a mosquito snack. Mosquitoes are, in fact, drawn to certain blood types over others, type O being their favorite blood type and type A being their least favorite. Pregnant women and people who have been drinking alcohol are also more appealing to mosquitoes. But when it comes down to it, everyone in your backyard, regardless of blood type or beverage choice, will be slapping these pesky insects while checking the clock if you don’t do something fast.

Why Do Mosquitoes Love Your Backyard?

You might think the mosquitoes in Atlanta are worse in your backyard than your neighbors’, and you could be right. Take a look around your yard and look for mosquito hot spots. Mosquitoes love a humid environment, which is why they are so common in Atlanta. Do you have standing water in your yard? Overturned garbage can lids, toys, and other discarded items in your yard may be collecting rainwater and inadvertently creating a mosquito breeding ground. Mosquitoes only need an inch of water to lay their eggs in, so it is smart to inspect your home after rainstorms for potential mosquito breeding grounds.

Mosquitoes are also drawn to dense foliage and yard debris. Be sure to keep your trees and hedges trimmed back away from your house and outdoor entertaining area. It is also important to remove lawn clippings after mowing and clean up all organic debris from your property. Check your lawn for low spots after a heavy rainstorm. If water has a chance to pool in your yard, you have just invited mosquitoes in to multiply.

Five Tips To Help Deter Mosquitoes From Your Atlanta Property

It is important to do what you can to help deter mosquitoes from overpopulating your yard. You can try to mosquito-proof your home yourself by taking these five precautions:

1. When outside, wear mosquito repellent and lighter-colored clothing. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, so the lighter your clothing is, the better you will keep mosquitoes away.

2. Remove standing water, including emptying birdbaths and water features regularly.

3. Keep gutters cleared out of debris so they can drain properly.

4. Trim your hedges regularly. 

5. Inspect window screens for rips or tears and replace them immediately if needed.

How To Get Back To Enjoying Your Atlanta Backyard

Everyone should be able to enjoy their home, inside and out, without the threat of being bitten by mosquitoes. At Tuxedo Mosquito Control, we offer less toxic, more eco-friendly options to tackle your mosquito problem. From our mosquito misting services to our mosquito spray services, we can get your backyard clear of these pesky insects and get you back outside to enjoy your outdoor space in no time.

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