Clever Tips to Keep Your Property Clear of Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes can be a big nuisance in summer, especially if they are all buzzing around at night during cookouts and other gatherings. They can turn a great evening of fun into an itchy nightmare. Their bites may even transfer disease! To make sure your evenings outdoors aren’t spoiled, it’s good to use effective strategies that will keep them out and away from your property.

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Control their Breeding Population

Mosquitoes need water to breed. Adult mosquitoes lay eggs in still or slow-moving water. They may also possibly lay eggs on moist soil or ground. To make sure your home doesn’t become the breeding ground for mosquitoes, wipe away the water and ensure that all areas are dry and free of dirt.

Here are some effective tips to keep away these tiny blood hungry monsters from your property:

  1. Keep the gutters clean and clear of debris – make sure there aren’t any puddles around your gutter; the water should clear away and go down the drain without any obstacles. If you find the drain pipe doesn’t reach the gutter, add an extension pipe to channel the sewage water.
  2. Keep pools chlorinated at all times – if you happen to have a pool in your backyard then make sure the pool water is never without chlorine else it can turn into a mosquito zoo in no time.

  3. Look for still water on the ground after a rainfall – while most of the water goes down the drain after rain, there may be some areas with puddles of water. If you find any in or around your property, clear them right away. Water puddles are the biggest breeding places for mosquitoes.

  4. Keep a check on the ponds in your backyard – keep the ponds aerated and clean to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs there. If you can’t get the water flowing in the pond, fill it with fish, the perfect way to keep away mosquitoes and may be a possible way to control their population.
  1. Clean units that hold water often – whether it’s a pool, a tub, a pottery wall, etc. clear these units and refill them with clean water. Still and dirty water attracts mosquitoes instantly.

Limit Adult Population

Adult mosquitoes rest during the day, usually on tall weeds or other vegetation. Make your yard less hospitable to mosquitoes by mowing your lawn regularly, and keep weeds away from your home’s foundation.

The yard, tall weeds and other plantings are places where mosquitoes rest during the day. To prevent mosquitoes from irritating you during the night, catch them off guard while they are resting and get rid of them. Mow your grass regularly, clear away weeds, and prune your flowers and plants.

Avoid Contact with Mosquitoes

Even when following all the precautions above to eliminate mosquito habitat, some mosquitoes will still be around to spoil your fun. You can limit exposure to the mosquitoes that remain by using effective repellents and barriers.

While the precautions may be effective in most cases, some mosquitoes will still be around and a big nuisance. Here’s what you can do to keep these little devils away:

  1. Mesh – make sure your window and door screens have a thick mesh without any gaps near the edges. Check the screens regularly for any holes or gaps, replace as needed.

  2. Mosquito repellent – use an insect repellent when you’re outdoors to keep mosquitoes at bay. It is recommended to use a lotion or spray on your body that may be exposed to mosquitoes.

  3. Treat your clothing with permethrin based product – this product primarily drives away mosquitoes and using it in sunshades and clothing can keep them away until the next few washes.

  4. Spray some insecticides – use a good commercially available insecticide that not only repels mosquitoes but other kinds of pests too such as roaches and ants. Spray some of this in your shrubs and plants to keep them at bay for a while.

  5. Products that repel mosquitoes – you may use candles of certain scents to repel mosquitoes, coils or other non-chemical and environmental friendly products to keep the nuisance at bay.

Things You Think that Help Control Mosquito Habitat but They Really Don’t

While you may have heard about easy mosquito control methods, some of these methods are insignificant and futile. Some solutions to mosquito infestation are extremely popular, yet are not worth it. Check out the following popular yet ineffective mosquito control methods. Maybe you can share these with your friends and save them the time and money too!

  1. Bug zappers – Even though the sizzling sound of this equipment is quite satisfying to the ears and mind, only a very insignificant number of mosquitoes get zapped with it. However, it is beneficial to zap away other flying pests.

  2. Citrosa plants – Citronella oil is very beneficial and acts as an effective mosquito repellent. However, the GMO plant sold for the same purpose is not worth the money or effort.

  3. Bats – while bats may enjoy a meal of mosquitoes, unfortunately they only make a small portion of their diet. Therefore, it doesn’t seem to be an effective repellent

 

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Written By: Home Pest

December 6, 2017


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