Nothing ruins summer outdoor fun like be being eaten by blood thirsty mosquitos. Not only do these annoying pests cause irritating painful bites but they can transmit diseases to humans and cause problems for pets as well. Don’t just move the party indoors and let the mosquitos win, there are simple tasks you can do around your home to help keep the mosquito population under control.
Most people know that mosquitos need water to breed. Adult mosquitos lay eggs in stagnant water, they will also use slow moving water, soil that stays moist or leaf litter that stays moist. Removal of these types of water sources will help reduce mosquitos from breeding near your home.
- Walk your property after it rains, look for areas that puddle and do not drain well, if the puddles stay for a more than 3 days, consider re-grading the area
- Keep gutters clean and free of debris. If water is allowed to sit, the gutter becomes a great out of sight breeding ground
- Swimming pools must be kept clean and chlorinated even when not being used
- Drill holes on the bottom on outdoor garbage cans that are exposed to rain to allow drainage for any water that may accumulate
- Aerate ornamental ponds to keep the water moving which will discourage mosquitos from laying eggs. You could also stock the pose with fish that eat mosquitos
- Other places for water are bird baths, garbage can lids, flower pot saucers. Do not allow water to stay for long, dump water every three days. Remember to watch out for your pets, don’t leave out the same water in bowls for more than two days
There is always the option of contacting a pest control company to come to your house and treat the area with professional products, but the treatments won’t work as well if there is still standing water around the property.