Tips for Controlling Mosquitos

Aug 24, 2020


While controlling the mosquito population on your property can be tough, there are ways to discourage them from hanging out in your backyard all summer.
 
The perfect mosquito habitat begins and ends with one simple element: water. While it might sound simple, we sometimes forget standing water can accumulate in a variety of areas. Below is a list of helpful tips to manage standing water and reduce the mosquito population:
 
  • Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor garbage or recycling containers. This allows for water to drain rather than accumulate in the bottom where mosquitos can breed.
  • Clean and unclog gutters regularly. Check to ensure that your downspouts are properly draining and no puddles are left in the drainage area. Adding extensions can also help carry water away from the home.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools regularly – especially when not in use – to keep bugs away.
  • Survey your property after a rain and check for areas with poor drainage. Regrading areas can solve drainage issues as needed.
  • Aerate ornamental ponds and stock them with fish. This can keep mosquitos at bay as they feed on eggs and larvae.
  • Drain birdbaths, wading pools, pet bowls, or flower pots to remove other sources of standing water around the home.
  • Grow plants such as citronella, rosemary, and marigolds to deter mosquitos.
  • Maintain a properly mowed lawn to keep unwanted pests away, as insects are attracted to dead plant matter.
  • Cover windows and doors with a snug mesh screen to keep bugs out of the home.
  • Apply a DEET-based repellent per label directions to keep mosquitos away from your person.
 
Following these simple suggestions should lead to an improvement in mosquito traffic in your area!  
 
 

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