It’s never too early in the season to start mosquito-proofing your home, business, or yard! Preventive measures are always the key to winning the battle against any pests, but such measures are not always foolproof to last all summer. Plan on seeing mosquitoes a-plenty all during mosquito season. The very best thing you can focus on is the disruption of their natural habitats/breeding cycle.
Implement these preventive tips:
- Eliminate standing water around your home. Mosquitoes love to hang around and breed in stagnant water. Minimize the accumulation of water around your house as much as possible. Empty collected water out of all the wheelbarrows, old tires, buckets, open containers, etc., and any other spots where rainwater may collect. Refresh water regularly in birdbaths, flowerpots, baby pools, hot tubs, pet dishes, etc.
Inspect and clean gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts regularly, especially if there are trees on the property that contribute to clogged gutters. Wintertime clogging can help stop up drainage systems, creating puddling of water which can stagnate, and attract more mosquitoes. When it warms up after the ice and snow go their way, get up there and give your gutters (and street gutter in front of your home) a thorough “once-over."
- Get rid of debris. Remove leaves and debris from around the property, especially from underneath decks.
- Keep pipes, etc., in good repair. Repair any leaky outdoor faucets, hoses, air conditioning units, and irrigation sprinkler pipes/heads.
- Keep lawn, 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. Keep grass cut short, shrubs and trees trimmed, and eliminate or closely maintain low brush.
- Proper drainage. Check your property for proper drainage, and fill in any low areas in your yard that might accumulate water after it rains.
These are 6 steps to a more natural mosquito control program, prevention as much as possible is the best mosquito solution.
Repair damaged or ineffective window screens. Do everything you can to keep mosquitoes out of your home in the first place! Make sure door and window screens are in good repair or replaced (a 16-18 gauge mesh is the recommended size). Decks, porches, or patios should also
be checked—even small mosquito species can find their way into your home through unnoticeable openings in a screen. Repair cracks and leaks around exterior walls and foundation. Check for leaks that could end up creating water pooling around your home or office.
- Remove or fill in hollow trees and logs. Remove or fill in hollow trees, logs, and stumps in your yard to get rid of areas capable of collecting water.
Bug lights. Yellow outdoor bug lights won’t
necessarilykeep mosquitoes away, but it can help make your property less appealing at night to all kinds of bugs.
- Cover boats, kiddie pools, hot tubs, grills, etc. Keep items that may harbor stagnant water covered or overturned when not in use.
Clean your pool!
For the most part, mosquitoes stay away from well-kept swimming pools, as the chlorine repels them. Install a larvicide dunk if you need to. If you don’t use or clean your pool for a while, you will likelysee more mosquitoes. Note that pool covers can collect rainwater, so keep this water drained as much as possible.
Use good mosquito control spray products
Effective mosquito repellents. There are many mosquito repellents on the market, including Citronella candles and coils for smaller, confined areas, and bug zappers for
largerarea coverage. Foggers and hose-end sprayers work well to saturate areas underneath porches, inside foliage canopies, and to cover open areas. Experiment to find the ones that work best for your family.
Personal mosquito protection. Whenever you will be in areas where mosquitoes may try to feed on you, be sure to protect yourself and your family.
- Avoid going outdoors as much as possible in the early morning or early evening (these are peak mosquito times).
- Wear light-colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants
Apply mosquito repellent on any exposed
skin,and remember you don’t have to sacrifice efficacy to use a more earth-friendly mosquito repellent! Greener personal mosquito repellents are good if you want to effectively manageinsect pests safely.
- Treat personal items (e.g., pants, socks, boots, tents, etc.) with mosquito repellent.
What do you do to prevent mosquitoes at home and in your yard? Leave us a comment below!
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