Mosquitos are not just annoying; they also have the potential to cause illnesses. If you get covered in bites as soon as you step out of the door, use these five tips to get rid of them.

Get Rid of Standing Water

Mosquitos need standing water to breed. If you have long-lasting puddles following a storm, bird baths or another area that collects water, then the mosquitos will gather. You can get a water circulator for your bird bath to eliminate that option for the bugs, and do some preventative landscaping so water runs off properly. You may need to check your home’s gutters to ensure that they’re not blocked or damaged, as that can cause issues too.

Curate a Mosquito-Unfriendly Garden

Several plants have mosquito repellant properties that make them a perfect addition to your yard. Lavender, citronella grass, rosemary and catnip are a few that you can incorporate into flower beds and boxes.

Switch Outdoor Light Bulbs

Your outdoor lights may be attracting more mosquitos to your yard. You don’t have to ditch the fixtures. Just swap your existing bulbs out for LED bug lights. This option is specifically designed to be less attractive for night-time insects.

Get a Mosquito Yard Treatment

The QuickNix mosquito treatment is an affordable way to get your backyard cleared out and usable again. All of the on-site mosquitos get zapped and granules are distributed in the yard to get them away from your outdoor spaces. Customizable treatment levels allow you to get the best option for your needs and budget. Studies have shown that mosquito numbers drop by 90 percent or more during the initial week.

Use a Mosquito Misting System

A mosquito misting system is an option that’s safe for beneficial insects like bees, but deadly to mosquitos. MosquitoNix also repels flies, spiders, gnats, fleas, white-flies, ticks and other annoying bugs. The misting spray does its work within an hour.

This professionally installed fully automatic misting system uses a chrysanthemum-based solutions two to four times per day. You can control it with a remote control, which allows you to treat your yard before you want to use it for planned outdoor activities. The perimeter of your outdoor space gets lined with misting nozzles that blend with the appearance of your landscape. Additional nozzles are placed in areas that mosquitos call their home, such as within trees and underneath overhangs.

This spray does not cause harm to dogs, cats or children. It’s EPA approved. When you need backyard mosquito control in South Florida, use these tips to protect yourself and your yard.