Mosquitoes are blood-sucking killers that have taken many lives throughout the human history, and it is crucial for homeowners to do a proper mosquito control during spring and summer times. They are generally considered annoying, but they can also spread deadly diseases, which makes mosquito control a must-do during warm weather when they leave their habitats in search of food. There are some special precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family.
Reduce Breeding Areas
Mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant water, so your first step in reducing the population is to eliminate their larval habitats in and around your yard. Even objects that can hold as little as two tablespoons of water for seven to ten days can become a breeding spot for mosquitoes. Thoroughly check your property and take the following steps to prevent mosquito breeding:
- Remove unnecessary items you may have in your yard, such as buckets, old tires, tin cans, unused plastic swimming pools, flower pots, pet dishes, and any other container that can hold and collect water. If any of these items must remain outside, turn them upside down when not in use.
- Clean rain gutters often, since they often get clogged with debris and can hold varying amounts of stagnant water.
- Change water in birdbaths at least every four days.
- Check for water in plastic traps used to cover pools, boats, and other things.
- Drain puddles and swampy areas.
- Trees sometimes have rotted areas where water accumulates, so make sure to fill the holes with mortar.
Adult Mosquito Control
You can always contact a pest control professional to inspect your yard for possible mosquito habitats suitable for laying eggs and help you eliminate them. In order to do proper mosquito control, make sure to do everything you can to prevent them in larval stage. Preventive methods are not going to eliminate them entirely, but with your best efforts, the number of adult mosquitoes could be reduced significantly. Here are some tips on how to prevent adult mosquitoes!
- Adult mosquitoes like shrubs and tall grass, so eliminate these habitats as much as possible.
- An outdoor fan can also help temporarily, especially during meals and other outdoor gatherings.
- Certain plants, including rosemary, lavender, lemon, thyme, and citrus, are believed to produce oils that repel mosquitoes.
- Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so try to stay inside during those hours.
- If you need to be outside when they are most active, protect yourself by wearing bright-colored clothes, tightly woven long sleeve tops, and long pants, and use insect repellant containing DEET.
- Citronella is an organic insect repellent, but it is only partially effective for short-range use.
- The best and most thorough way to control mosquitoes is to contact a pest control professional to treat your property.
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