With warm weather fast approaching, families are beginning to spend more and more time in their yard. Unfortunately, warm weather also means dealing with mosquitoes that will seize this opportunity to feast on you and your family. This is why you should spring into action before the mosquitoes take over your yard.
Dump the Containers
Mosquitoes need just a little bit of water to breed, and reducing or eliminating all standing water in your yard is the first step in winning the war against these pests. Even a small plant saucer that contains 1/2-inch of water is enough for mosquitoes to lay their eggs in. And in eight to 10 days, the adult mosquitoes will emerge. Experts recommend walking around your yard regularly and tipping any stagnant water you find, such as water collected in dog bowls, plant sauces and birdbaths.
Having a yard cluttered with items that collect excessive water is a great way to turn your backyard into the ideal mosquito habitat. For examples, old and unused tires lying around your yard are notorious for collecting water where mosquitoes where breed. Really think about whether you need these items and throw them out if possible. If the old tire is used as a swing, simply drill a hole at the bottom of the tire so the water will leak out. Don’t forget to also clean out your gutters so the water drains freely.
Keep in mind that the trees and plants growing near your home actually provide housing and shade for mosquitoes. Furthermore, organic material — such as leaves and mulch — gives mosquitoes what they need to survive and multiply. Simply trimming trees and bushes back and keeping your lawn manicured can help reduce the mosquito population.
Sometimes, no matter what you do, you cannot get rid of these flying pests. This is where a professional mosquito control company comes to the rescue. The pros will successfully treat your yard and plants with professional grade, natural products that not only kill the mosquitoes and their larvae, but will also repel them for weeks or months to come. While there are many different types of insecticides that you can purchase and apply yourself to kill mosquitoes, they typically don’t provide the level of control that a professional pest control company can. These professionals can visit your home on a regular schedule to treat your home or visit before a big event, such as a birthday party or backyard wedding.