Mosquitoes breed only in water and they can complete their development in as little as 7 days. Any standing water can be a breeding site. Eliminating standing water is the first step in controlling mosquitoes.
Following these steps will help you to reclaim your yard.
- Take a walk around your property and carefully examine areas where water is collected and remove it. Look at:
- Roof gutters and rain barrels
- Boats and birdbaths
- Cans, bottles, and plastic bags
- Flower pots and vases
- Unused swimming and wading pools
- Children's toys
- Wheelbarrows and mortar tubs
- Ornamental pools and fountains
- Cellars and crawl spaces
- Old tires and tire ruts
- Anything that collects water, even the smallest amount.
- Drain or dump any collected water at least once a week.
- Adult mosquitoes rest during the day, usually on tall weeds or other vegetation. Make your yard less hospitable to mosquitoes by mowing your lawn regularly, and cutting down the weeds away from your home’s foundation and the exterior perimeter of the property line.
- Make sure that planters, flower pots and storage containers have adequate drainage, if not then drill holes in the bottom of the containers that are stored outdoor.
- Make sure the property is graded properly. Add fill dirt to any low areas that may collect water.
- Repair any septic tanks or drainage fields. Eliminate any sewage seepage from the property.
- Make sure to irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.
- Adding a fan on the porch and keeping the air moving will help to keep the flying insects away.
- If the property contains a retention pond or any ditches, make sure that they flow properly and do not hold any water for any longer that one week. These areas can produce large numbers of mosquitoes very quickly.
- Make sure that there are not any areas where you have leaves on your lawn. Leaves can provide enough water for mosquito larvae, so be sure to rake them up promptly.
Remember that mosquitoes breed only in water and they can complete the development in as little as 7 days. Any standing water can be a breeding site for mosquitoes. Ticks congregate in tall grasses where they can latch onto anyone passing by, so by eliminating their habitat you will reduce the tick activity. For more information see the Tick Management Handbook provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
Subscribing to Omega Pest Management's Vector Care Service will safely and effectively remove vector insects such as mosquitoes and ticks by up to 95%. Do your homework before you hire an exterminator, asking the right questions can make all the difference in the world.
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