A mosquito infestation can be hard to control once it breaks out. Just like relatives that come visit for the holidays and don’t quite know when they’ve worn out their welcome, mosquitoes don’t get the hint: you want them to go elsewhere, but are not quite sure how to get rid of them!
Especially if you live in a humid area, you know all too well that they thrive in the heat and humidity of summer. They crave moisture, and love to breed and lay their eggs in watery, shaded, and marshy areas. The more stagnant the water, the better.
Female mosquitoes (the ones that attack you, your family, and pets to feed on your blood) can lay nearly 400 eggs at a time, followed by the few weeks the larvae need to develop and become adult mosquitoes.
Unfortunately for these pests, you got this! When it comes to pest control, solid preparation is most of the battle. You can find out when mosquito season hits in your state and prepare accordingly.
Before trying to blast mosquitoes to death with repellent, here are some measures you can take to keep these pests at bay:
- Keep your lawn cut short, bushes/shrubbery trimmed. You don’t want to leave tall grass or dense shrubbery available for mosquitoes to harbor in. They pocket in shady, humid areas, including in unkempt grass and plant life. Keeping your lawn well-kept will also help keep fleas and tick populations in check.
- Remove stagnant water. Remember, mosquitoes love to hang around and breed in stagnant water. Minimize the accumulation of water around your house as much as possible. Empty out all the old tires, buckets, planters, and any other spots where rainwater may collect. Empty and refill kiddie pools, bird feeders, pet dishes, etc., with fresh water.
- Keep grills, boats, covered. Ensure areas where rain can collect are well covered. Make sure the mosquitoes don’t have standing water to congregate and breed in. Cover your pool and hot tub, as well, and keep the pumps circulating water consistently.
- Repair your screens. Ensure that screens on all windows and doors are in good repair. If you don’t have screens on all windows and doors, you might find yourself running the A/C more than you’d like to keep it cool indoors. But a higher electric bill is better than slapping at mosquitoes all day, right?
- Keep your gutters clean. Rain gutters and the street gutter can provide mosquitoes with additional areas where water can collect and stagnate, giving them more places to harbor and breed.
Once you have mosquito-proofed your property as much as possible, it is a good idea to keep your family and yourself protected with mosquito repellent, and for spot treatments around decks and patios, keep a mosquito fogger on hand. And if you want yard protection, try using a hose-end mosquito control product that works best for large areas.
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