Going Organic: How to Spray Your Yard for Ticks and Mosquitoes as a Homeowner DIY
Mosquitoes and ticks and mosquitoes are not only an annoyance but can also be harmful to humans and pets with all the illnesses they carry and transmit. While insecticides can be very effective in reducing these pests, many homeowners are concerned about the potential risks associated with chemical insecticides. Fortunately, there are many natural and organic methods that can be used to keep your yard safer from these pests. Here’s how to do it as a homeowner DIY.
Step 1: Choose the Right Products
There are a variety of organic and natural insecticides that you can use to control then population ticks and mosquitoes. Some of the most effective products include garlic, citronella, neem oil, and cedar oil. These products can be found at most natural food stores, online retailers, or specialty gardening stores. Be sure to read the product labels carefully, and choose a product that is effective against ticks and mosquitoes as well as following the recommended directions
Step 2: Prepare Your Yard
Before you start spraying your yard, it's important to prepare your yard by removing any debris or stagnant water in your yard. Mosquitoes breed in as little as a teaspoon of standing water, so make it a point to flush or drain any containers that may hold water, such as flower pots, bird baths, tires and even your gutters. Eliminating any low spots or adding French drains to any places that gather water on your property can significantly reduce breeding opportunities as well.
Step 3: Spray Your Yard
Once you have prepared your yard, it’s time to start spraying. Be sure to wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts when possible, pants, and masks. Spray the natural insecticide or essential oils over your grass, shrubs, and trees, focusing on areas where ticks and mosquitoes are known to hide or gather, such as shady areas and the perimeters of your yard, especially forest areas. Be sure to apply the spray every few weeks or as needed. morning or late afternoon is when the pests are most active but you can spray anytime throughout the day in accordance with local noise ordinances. It is important to follow the instructions on the label of the product you’re using.
Step 4: Reapply as Needed
Organic insecticides tend to have shorter-lasting power than chemical insecticides, so it's important to reapply them every few weeks. This will ensure that your yard remains pest-free throughout the season. Though it may need to be sprayed more consistently, you get the benefit of eliminating chemical insecticides on your property.
In conclusion, organic and natural insecticides can be an effective alternative to chemical pesticides. As a homeowner, you can protect your family and pets from ticks and mosquitoes by using organic insecticides for your yard. Be sure to choose the right product, prepare your yard, spray effectively, and reapply as needed or recommended by the product label. By following these steps, you can create an organic and healthy environment for your loved ones and pets.
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Sources: Eco Via Mt and Lesco mosquito free Labels; www.cdc.com; www.mas.gov; www.domyown.com; www.siteone.com
article Written and edited by: Dan Giachetti- Owner @ All Organic MTC Inc.