Backyard Mosquito Management
10 Sure-Fire Methods to Stop Menacing Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are a familiar late spring and summer nuisance. Mosquitoes can be very annoying but unfortunately they can also be transmitters of encephalitis, malaria, yellow fever to humans, and heartworms to pets.
Protect Your Backyard
Since many generations of mosquitoes can breed right in your backyard, you must learn to take some simple, positive steps to reduce this menace by limiting their breeding.
Common Breeding Sources
Breeding sources consist primarily of standing water. After a rain storm, walk your property and look for areas in the landscape that are not draining well. If you find puddles that remain after a few days, you may want to consider regrading it. If water stands for a little over one week – many mosquitoes will breed! So, if there are any places around your home where water collects (i.e., water-holding containers, storm drains, clogged rain gutters, around your HVAC unit, swimming pools, ornamental ponds, etc.) you may be breeding mosquitoes!
Facts About Mosquitoes You Should Know
All mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle. Adult flying mosquitoes can rest in grass, shrubbery, or other foliage, but they never breed there.
Some mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water where they hatch in a day or two. Other mosquitoes lay their eggs in old tires, tin cans and other such water-holding containers. The mosquitoes may remain unhatched for weeks, months or until they are covered with water. The mosquito “wigglers” or larvae grow quickly and turn into “tumblers” or pupae. Then the skin of the tumbler opens and out climbs a hungry adult mosquito.
The Importance Of Removing Standing Water
When it comes to dealing with mosquitoes, the best defense is a good offense! That means removing mosquito-friendly habitat from your backyard. Here’s what to do:
- Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets. Don’t let runoff water from your air conditioning unit collect in shady areas.
- Repair faulty septic systems.
- Empty, drain, remove, cover or turn upside down things that can hold water. Throw out old tires, aluminum cans, bottles, jars, buckets, drums, and other containers or keep them upside down so no water can enter them.
- Empty any small plastic wading pools weekly. Store it indoors when not in use.
- Properly maintain your swimming pool and keep it covered so as not to collect water.
- Change water and scrub vases holding flowers once a week.
- Make your yard less hospitable to adult mosquitoes by mowing your lawn regularly, and keep weeds away from your home’s foundation.
- Scrub and change the water in bird baths weekly and empty and refill pets’ water pans daily.
- Stock permanent water pools, such as ornamental ponds, with mosquito larvae eating fish.
- Fill any holes found in trees with sand or mortar.
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