Mosquitoes are one o f the most common types of pests that will take up residence in your yard, and can carry a number of diseases with them (not to mention giving you painful bites). Fortunately, there are a few simple things that you can do to reduce the mosquito population within your yard.

Clean the Gutters

One of the most important, and also one of the easiest, things that you can do to reduce your yard's mosquito population is to clean out your gutters. This is because mosquitoes breed in stagnant water: ensuring that there is proper drainage of rainwater off of your roof means that there are fewer suitable places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

Tie Down Tarps

In a similar vein to the above point, you should make an effort to tie down all of the tarps in your yard and garden that you are using to cover appliances or firewood so that there is no slack in them where rainwater could collect. If you can't tie the tarp down properly, you should instead try to shake out the tarps after it's rained to remove any collected water before mosquitoes get the chance to lay their eggs there.

Treat Water

For ponds in your yard, which can't simply be drained, you should instead use special pesticide treatments, which can be simply left in the water to kill mosquitoes before they hatch. It's important to look for specific products that are non-lethal to other animals if you have fish in your pond, or pets or other animals that often frequent your yard. Mosquito larvae pesticides can be found at most hardware stores. Alternatively, you can install an aerator or bubble to keep the water in your pond constantly moving, which will prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs.

Improve Yard Drainage

Beyond stagnant water and already existing bodies of water, you should also make an effort to alter your landscaping design to ensure the proper drainage of water. Swampy areas of your lawn can prove to be just as virulent breeding grounds as open standing water in your gutters. Filling depressions, installing French drains, making sure your downspouts are properly installed, and otherwise altering the landscape of your garden and yard so that water is able to flow into municipal sewer inlets properly can have a huge effect on the mosquito population in your yard (while also helping to control landscape erosion due to rainfall).

Get in contact with a mosquito control service for more details.