With the summer months approaching, the time will soon be here for spending those long days and evenings outdoors by the pool, enjoying barbecues, and running and playing in the yard. Unfortunately, you could be forced to do these things with uninvited guests in the form of mosquitoes.
These insects are more than just a pesky nuisance to swat away from your body, they can pose significant health hazards in addition to leaving behind those itchy red welts that can be a pain in the neck to live with for any length of time.
Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water because it’s a prime location for them to reproduce and lay their eggs. So the first thing to do is conduct a good long search around your home to find any instances of still water that might have collected in flower pots, plates, bowls, and anything else where water can accumulate.
Homes that are having a problem with mosquitoes should clear out all of these areas as soon as possible and reduce the number of potential breeding grounds near the exterior of the home.
In some cases, you may locate other instances of stagnant water in vessels that you can’t clear out or empty, such as birdbaths, ponds, rain barrels and trenches which are designed to collect water when it rains outdoors. For these situations, you can use a mosquito dunk which basically poisons the water and kills any mosquito eggs that have laid.
But this sort of deterrent will only kill mosquitoes and their larvae and avoid harming any other forms of wildlife that might drink or bathe from these vessels.
Maintain Your Yard
Standing water is such an attraction for mosquitoes that you should not only spill out or dunk those vessels that have collected it but also be on the lookout for any trash and other detritus that might also be acting as a means for accumulating that water.
You might be surprised at what you have lying around in your yard or near a shed that has been collecting rain water over time. Old tires are one of the most common culprits amongst the junk and bric-a-brac that you may have left lying around.
You keep intending to clear it all away but you still haven’t gotten around to doing it. If you have developed a growing and urgent mosquito problem, you may need to act fast to help eradicate the issue. Any areas with standing water that allows mosquitoes to breed unfettered will result in eggs being laid and mosquitoes emerging from them, becoming full grown in a very short period of time.
Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your outdoor plans this summer, find and eliminate all of the areas where you are allowing these nuisances to flourish and you’ll be able to enjoy your back yard more often without getting bitten.