How To Keep Mosquitoes Away
Spring is upon us which means we can expect rainfall and warm temperatures. While the April showers bring May flowers, they also bring mosquitoes. It’s important every home and business owner is able to identify potential breeding areas in order to prevent a mosquito infestation.
But before we start to identify problem areas around your home and property, we want to make sure you understand why mosquitoes bite in the first place.
Female mosquitoes need proteins, found in our blood, in order to produce their eggs. Once they have enough protein, they find standing water to lay their eggs. Then repeat.
Even the smallest amount of standing water can make for the perfect breeding place. There are several places around your home or property that can be potential breeding grounds.
Here are a few problem areas along with tips on what you can do to reduce the likelihood of a mosquito infestation:
- Gutters – remove leaves and other debris from gutters.
- Flowerpots – pour out standing water from pots and planters.
- Grill Cover – make sure water isn’t gathering on top.
- Baby Pool – don’t let water or rainfall sit for long periods of time.
- Bird Baths – frequently change out the water.
- Leaky Pipes – repair any leaky pipes or faucets.
- Tires – drill holes in the bottom of tire swings and wheel barrels to allow water to drain.
- Trash Cans – ensure trash cans are tightly sealed and lids aren’t flipped upside down.
- Buckets – Remove water collecting in any buckets or toys left outside.
- Ponds and Swimming Pool – keep adequately treated.
Removal of standing water, at least half an inch deep, is crucial when it comes to preventing mosquitoes and protecting you, your family and visitors. At Massey Services, our professionals inspect your property on an annual or seasonal basis. We create a custom mosquito prevention plan so you can enjoy the beautiful outdoors without worry about harmful bug bites.