When spring is in the air, other annoying pests also take to the air: mosquitos. Here are some preventive measures that you can take to help keep your local mosquito population in check.
- Reduce the amount of standing water in your yard, as this is the perfect environment for mosquito breeding.
- Get rid of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated around your yard.
- Change the water in pet dishes at least every 2 days.
- NOTE: the used tire has become the most important mosquito producer in this country. If you have old tires laying around, it is time to get rid of them.
- Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left out of doors, as mosquitos will use these for breeding. The holes keeps moisture and/or standing water from accumulating.
- Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season. That being said, keep your gutters cleaned out.
- Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when they are not in use. These can become mosquito havens if they are not used on a regular basis.
- Got a swimming pool? Be sure to keep it clean and chlorinated. A swimming pool that is left untended by a family that goes on vacation for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.
- Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitoes will develop in any puddle that lasts more than four days.
Follow these tips, and you will be well on your way to a mosquito-free haven!