As we head into peak mosquito season, it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to handle them. We want to enjoy our time outside and not worry about getting bitten by mosquitoes. Not only are they inconvenient and tarnish our time outside, they can also carry with them dangerous diseases such as the Zika virus. These mosquitoes will bite during the day, so it’s important to have a plan in place to handle them.
A pest control service is your best bet to reduce the number of mosquitoes that you may get in your yard. There are several steps that need to be completed to take care of the breeding grounds, eggs and adult mosquitoes that may be bothering you and your family.
Things we can do to help get rid of mosquitoes
1. Perform an inspection for problem areas and fix them.
A pest control service can help you identify problem areas in your yard. You need to eliminate the breeding ground around your property to make it less attractive for mosquitoes. They will seek out other places.
If you have a pool or pond, you need to run the pump for at least four hours a day to create circulation. Any leaky pipes or faucets need to be fixed. If you have low spots in your lawn that accumulate standing water when it rains, you need to fill those in. Turn baby pools, buckets and watering cans upside down after use. You need to make sure to remove any leaves or debris clogging your gutters as well.
2. Check for larvae.
A pest control service can check for larvae in your yard. We would then treat with a larvacide to make sure that they don’t grow into adult mosquitoes.
3. Treat the entire property for adult mosquitoes.
Once we’ve identified and eliminated problem areas and larvae, we would treat your property for the adult mosquitoes.
4. Always protect yourself.
One thing to keep in mind is that mosquitoes are mobile and can fly into your yard. Continued treatment is crucial. If you do see mosquitoes and are going to be outside, make sure to wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and shoes to protect yourself. Citronella products can help as well.
When it comes to mosquito control, you need to be vigilant. Constantly monitor your yard to make sure that there aren’t places for them to breed, Working with a pest control service will help you keep them out of your yard.