No one enjoys the itchy bites left behind as mosquitoes silently move about. With increased concern over the Zika virus and West Nile, many homeowners are looking for ways to keep mosquitoes at bay. In a new statement to the press, Kuester Management Group offers tips on natural ways homeowners can repel mosquitoes and reduce breeding grounds.
“Mosquitoes are quite the nuisance,” says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group, “and homeowners are reaching out to their HOAs about what can be done to control them. While some communities may have pesticide procedures put in place, there are also steps that homeowners can take to naturally repel mosquitoes and protect themselves and their families.”
It takes very little water for mosquitoes to find a suitable breeding ground – sometimes as little as a teaspoon. One of the best ways homeowners can fight back against mosquitoes is to rid their yards of as much standing water as possible, Kuester advises. This means looking in even the smallest places, such as the saucers that flower pots sit on, large leaves on plants or low-hanging branches, or puddles that gather on outdoor furniture. Larger sources such as kiddie pools, bird baths, or outdoor décor are major violators as well. Dump out or brush away any standing water and make sure to wipe down objects to remove any mosquito eggs that may have already been laid.
Homeowners can also plant lavender, catnip, feverfew, or citronella plants which may have natural mosquito-repellent properties. Applying a few drops of essential oils such as lavender, citronella, peppermint, spearmint, basil, or lemon can help as well. These are scents that typically turn mosquitoes away. While grilling, try adding a few springs of rosemary to the coals to keep mosquitoes from the area. Burning citronella candles can help too. They’re more effective if they contain citronella oil rather than just the synthetic scent.
“While some people are a little wary of bats, they can actually be an effective way of controlling mosquitoes,” says Kuester. “Hanging a bat house can attract them to your yard and help keep the mosquito population down. Some reports estimate that bats can eat as many as 1,000 mosquitoes per night. There are also mosquito fish that you can add to backyard ponds, and frogs may help as well.”
Eating more garlic or drinking apple cider vinegar are methods that some people use as well to reduce their changes of being bitten. Homeowners should check the screens and seals on doors and windows to help prevent mosquitoes from getting into their homes. If homeowners do notice mosquito problems around their neighborhood, they should let their homeowners association know. This way the HOA and property manager can work together with homeowners to help remedy the problem. If no one speaks up, the HOA may not realize there is an issue. Kuester Management Group is working with its HOAs to address mosquito problems as well as other challenges HOAs may face.
Kuester Management Group, a division of Kuester Companies, works to protect property values and enhance the quality of life in each of its managed communities. Providing a full range of association management services, Kuester Management Group has worked to foster strong, resilient, and unified communities across North and South Carolina. The company is proud to offer on-site property managers, all zealous for building strong communities meant to stand the test of time.
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