People are outside more with the warmer weather, but with the summer rains also come mosquitoes. 

Here are some tips from professionals at Pike Nurseries in Cornelius: 

• Get rid of stagnant water – The most effective way to keep mosquitoes away from outdoor havens is to eliminate their housing options. Since mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, the experts encourage gardeners to empty any standing water left in flower pot saucers, remove debris piles and refresh bird baths regularly with clean water. If the problem persists, adding a water-soluble pouch of Bonide Mosquito Beater into standing water, such as fish ponds or bird baths, will kill mosquito larvae, ceasing their lifecycle without harming fish or other aquatic organisms.It can also be mixed with water and used as a spray around the backyard!

• Make a scent event – Many aromatic plants and their oils naturally repel mosquitoes and can be planted in containers on patios and porches. Gardeners can plant lemongrass and Citrosa (citronella) scented geranium in full sun and crush the leaves to make a natural repellent, rubbing the oils directly onto skin. The Amazon Lights citronella candle also boasts citronella, rosemary, thyme and Brazilian andiroba with 300 to 500 percent more essential oils than most citronella products.

• Use products from the pros – For large areas that need anti-mosquito ammunition, use Thermacell, an odorless, portable clip-on device that creates a 15-foot bug-free zone and is human and pet safe. Mosquito Beater fogger is another option for eliminating bugs. Simply spray the fog around the perimeter of the yard ahead of heading outdoors to eliminate bugs in the area for a few hours per use. If tackling more serious mosquito infestations, Pike Nurseries staff recommend the DynaTrap, which is kid- and pet-safe and produces carbon dioxide to lure in the pests, trap and eliminate them.

For more information on mosquito-fighting tools, visit Pike Nurseries online at www.pikenursery.com. 

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