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Angie's List: Biting Back Against Mosquitoes

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Summer is synonymous with many things: baseball, fireworks and unfortunately, mosquitoes. They can ruin a summer barbecue faster than a Montana thunderstorm.

In today's Angie's List report, how to prevent mosquitoes from invading your yard.

"We tried everything: foggers, you know, all the different coils. You name it, we tried it," says Jerry McVeigh.

For Jerry, living on a wooded lot with a pond and a lake, he has seen his fair share of mosquitoes.

"And a lot of other people I'm sure understand this - we were so sensitive though about strong chemicals because of what's going on with the wildlife."

So, Jerry hired a professional mosquito control company to treat his yard regularly.

"There are many places around a home owner's property where they can look for sources of standing water. The thing is we are only looking for just a very small amount of water. In fact, it only takes a soda bottle cap full of water to breed several hundred mosquitoes," says Ken Frost, a mosquito control contractor.

"Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance when you're out trying to have a family barbecue, but they are also a health risk. For example, you could end up with West Nile. Making sure you have a comfortable outdoor mosquito-free area is important for your family," says Angie Hicks, Founder of Angie's List.

With a little preventative maintenance and monitoring, you can gain the upper hand on mosquitoes. Make sure to empty bird baths, kiddie pools, flower pot saucers and keep your gutters clear.

"We can go out now with the children and grandchildren and be out in the evening, walk around anywhere, go down to the lake and fish," says Jerry.

Several types of plants also act as a natural mosquito repellent. Mosquitoes also avoid catnip, lavender, marigolds, basil and peppermint.

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