Mosquitoes are much more than an annoying pest that ruins beautiful summer days by sucking the blood of unsuspecting victims, leaving behind painful, itchy welts. This pest is the world’s deadliest, causing more than one million deaths worldwide. Mosquitoes carry diseases like the Zika virus and Malaria which an infected pest can transmit to a human when it bites.
Preventing mosquitoes from acclimating themselves on your property is the best line of defense against this deadly pest. Use the following information at your home to help keep mosquitoes away from your home, preventing those painful bites, itchy welts, and potential risks of disease.
Mosquito Control Outside the Home
The most important step homeowners should take to keep mosquitoes away from their property is to remove all sources of standing water. Mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant water and need just a ¼ teaspoon to accomplish their goal. Removing all water sources will prevent mosquitoes from considering your property for breeding since they depend on this water to lay their eggs.
- Empty items that can collect water (i.e. buckets, flower pots, birdbaths) weekly
- Cover storage containers tightly so mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay their eggs
- Use larvicides on outdoor water not used for drinking
- Use insecticides to kill mosquitoes where they land while you are outdoors
- Clean gutters regularly -or hire experts to tend to this service
- Seal or secure swimming pools when not in use. Swimming pools can provide exceptional breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
- Keep grass and the garden neatly trimmed and free of weeds and debris
Mosquito Control Inside the Home
Keep all windows or screens closed to keep mosquitoes out. This pest needs just a small perimeter to crawl inside the home. Use mesh wiring on days when you want to open the windows. Use the A/C on the hottest days.
Indoor foggers can help rid the interior of the house of any mosquitoes or larvae that might have made its way inside. Foggers are relatively inexpensive and available from most pest control companies and home improvement stores.
Additional Mosquito Control Information
Sprays and repellents are useful to rid mosquitoes from both outside and inside of a home. Many people use citronella candles to keep mosquitoes away while outdoors. Choose sprays and repellents that contain DEET or picaridin, or both, for best results.
When you want more protection than over-the-counter pesticides and sprays offer, reach out to pest control experts for help. They offer many treatment options that rid your home of mosquitoes and their larvae so you can get back to the life you want to enjoy.
Southern Pride Pest Control is a full-service pest control company headquartered in Muscle Shoals, AL. SPPC specializes in pest control and prevention services including termite control, rodent control, bed bug control, ant control, and mosquito control, and can even help with moisture control around your residence or commercial property. Established in 2010, Southern Pride Pest Control is a reliable source of quality pest-management solutions delivered by a team you can trust.
Call us today for any of your pest control needs.