(WHAS11) -- Summer is synonymous with many things: baseball, fireworks, and unfortunately, mosquitoes.
With a rainy Fourth of July weekend in the forecast it's time to think about protecting yourself.
They can ruin a backyard barbecue faster than a rotten hamburger. Mosquitoes are a pain in the posterior, but you don't have to just sit there and take it.
"We tried everything. Foggers, all the different coils, you name it, we tried it," an exasperated Jerry McVeigh.
The longtime homeowner said he didn't want to use strong chemicals because he was concerned about wildlife in his yard, yet he'd had it with mosquitoes. After a consultation he learned a little preventative maintenance goes a long way.
By cleaning his gutters and emptying bird baths, kiddie pools and flower pot saucers the major problem became minor for McVeigh.
“The thing is we are only looking for a very small amount of water. In fact it only takes a soda bottle cap full of water to breed several hundreds of mosquitoes," mosquito control contractor ken frost said.
"If you tackled every effort you can as a homeowner you might need to hire a professional,” Angie Hicks from Angie’s List said.
Hicks said a mosquito control contractor took things over for McVeigh from there; by spraying the foliage that the mosquitoes feed on.
Did you know that several plants act as natural mosquito repellent? Mosquitoes avoid catnip, lavender, marigolds, basil and peppermint.
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