Mosquito 911 provides professional mosquito control, but there are also steps you can take to reduce the mosquito population in your backyard.
To reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property, find and eliminate their preferred breeding site – standing water. Any location that offers stagnant water is a potential home for mosquitoes. Clogged gutters and garden containers like empty pots can collect water and become home to hundreds of mosquito eggs. Preventing mosquitoes avoids more than just annoyance – mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus and viral encephalitides, which are life-threatening diseases.
Here are some practical tips to prevent mosquitoes in your backyard:
- After it rains, empty any gardening containers, tire swings, or patio furniture that has collected pools of water.
- Regularly clean gutters, downspouts, and drainpipes of all obstructions so water won’t pool.
- Change water in bird baths and kiddie pools regularly – at least once a week.
- Repair leaky pipes and air conditioners that cause puddles to form for days at a time.
- Fill or drain swampy areas and soil depressions to prevent standing water.
- When irrigating, be careful to avoid creating long-standing pools on your lawn.
- Make sure any ornamental ponds are stocked with fish.
- If you have a tarp covering your boat or grill, adjust it so that water won’t pool in any area.
- Encourage insect-feeding birds like warblers, martins, and swallows to make their home in your yard by adding nesting boxes or bird feeders.
A seasonal mosquito prevention spray treatment program is an option if mosquitoes remain a problem in your yard. Mosquito 911 can apply a naturally-derived spray that’s safe for kids and pets and eliminates mosquitoes.