No one wants to be out in their yard and find themselves being bitten by mosquitoes. More than just an annoyance, mosquitoes are known vectors of a number of potentially serious diseases. These diseases range from malaria to West Nile Virus and Zika. Some of those disease can create serious health problems and have long term effects on those bitten.
HOW TO PREVENT MOSQUITO INFESTATIONS:
One of the best ways to get rid of mosquitoes is to prevent them from hatching their eggs and coming onto your property in the first place. This means doing some property maintenance to prevent them from using your property. There are six main ways to prevent mosquitoes from making their home in your yard:
- Eliminate standing water on your property - This can help reduce mosquito populations around your property. Mosquitoes only need a tablespoon of water to breed and lay their eggs. If you have a pond, get an agitator to keep the water moving. Even a small current is enough to get mosquitoes to find somewhere else to lay eggs. If you have a fish pond, some species of fish eat mosquito larvae.
- Prevent stagnant water from collecting in objects outside - Common spots for water to collect are flower pots, watering cans, weed buckets, wheelbarrows, birdbaths, and garbage cans. If you see water building up on these spots, remove the water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
- Check your gutters - Make sure that water is draining properly and all wet leaves are removed. This will prevent pools of water from building up where mosquitoes can breed.
- Keep your lawn trimmed - Adult mosquitoes hide and rest in tall grass. Make sure they have fewer areas to hide in during the day and afternoon hours. Cutting away overgrown vegetation reduces those shaded areas for them to hide in. They will move elsewhere.
- Move play equipment and patio furniture - Move all equipment and patio furniture away from dense foliage areas. Mosquitoes like to hide in these areas, and being close to them will make it easier for mosquitoes to bite you.
- Use fans outside - This will help keep air circulating. Mosquitoes are such weak flyers that an overhead fan or installing fans on areas where you want to congregate during dusk and dawn hours is enough to keep them from flying to you.