When the weather warms up many people want to spend time in their backyards. Unfortunately, warmer weather often brings mosquitoes. Here are seven things you can do to keep those blood-sucking vampires from inhabiting your yard. 

1. Switch to LED lights. Mosquitoes are attracted to the heat regular light bulbs give off. If you change your light bulbs to LED bulbs (which produce less heat), they won't swarm around them unless there is something else drawing them to the area. 

2. Remove standing water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in or near stagnant water. In fact, the first three stages (egg, larva, and pupa) of a mosquito's life are spent near the water. If you want to get rid of your mosquito problem, get rid of all standing water. Look for it in:

  • tree trunks
  • flower pots (and their saucers)
  • depressions in your grass
  • bird baths
  • fountains
  • plastic buckets
  • cupped leaves
  • swings
  • grill covers
  • gutters (make sure you clean them often)

If you have standing water you don't want to get rid of, buy some mosquito dunks. These tablets can be found in home improvement stores and each one will kill all the mosquito larvae in your water for one month. 

3. Burn citronella candles or diffuse essential oils. Mosquitoes don't like citronella, peppermint, eucalyptus, basil, rosemary, and lemongrass. Place the candles (or diffusers) every 100 feet. 

4. Plant some flowers and herbs. There are many plants you can place around your deck, doors, and windows that will repel mosquitoes. Try:

  • Marigolds
  • Garlic
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon balm
  • Basil
  • Catnip
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Citronella grass
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus

5. Cut your grass. Also trim your bushes, rake your leaves, clean up clippings, and stack firewood away from your home. Mosquitoes like to rest in dark, damp places so remove as many as possible. They also love to eat the plant nectar when they aren't feasting on your delicious blood.

6. Put some sage and rosemary on your grill. If you are out cooking on your grill, put some fresh sage and rosemary on your coals. Mosquitoes hate the smell and will stay away. You and your guests will enjoy the wonderful scent, though! 

7. Call in the professionals. If you are still having trouble, call in a pest control company (such as those from American Pest Solutions). They can find any breeding grounds you may have missed and spray a chemical barrier around your yard. 

When spring comes, don't let those pesky mosquitoes ruin your outdoor fun. Try these seven tips and turn your yard into your backyard oasis. Good luck!