Spring is well underway and summer is almost upon us. This means it is time to begin preparations to get rid of mosquitoes. Not only are mosquitoes irritating, but their bites are itchy and may be harmful to your health and even your family pet.
Unfortunately, mosquito control is a challenging task that involves more than simply killing them when you see them. There is nothing easy about eliminating mosquitoes. They are heavy breeders, and they hide in a wide range of places.
When it comes to mosquitoes, prevention is the best method to avoid the risk of an infestation. Although the following tips will help prevent and control mosquitoes, at the beginning of summer, it is best to contact a lawn service to learn about specific areas of your yard that may pose a high risk of a mosquito infestation.
Inspect Your Property to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
Take a walk around your property to look for areas that may be overlooked. A local lawn service company will be familiar with hiding places that you may not be aware of. So, if at all possible have someone from a lawn care company walk the property with you. Some of the things you should look for include.
- Piles of leaves
- Holes in trees
- High weeds
- Water in the gutters
- Stagnant water in flower pots
- Water on or around the grill
Eliminate Standing Water to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes breed in any stagnant or still water. They typically do not breed in running streams, but they do breed in ponds, pools, and other wetland habitats. Even small areas of standing water, such as birdbaths or a collection of water in a child’s toy can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Removal of all standing water is essential, including emptying small pools of water that have collected in trash cans and other outside containers. Avoid leaving items, such as old tires in the yard. These items can be the perfect place for water to collect and to encourage mosquitoes to reside. If you have a birdbath in your yard, professionals recommended you drain it until you have the mosquito problem controlled.
Pets & Mosquitoes
One of the most common places you will need to remove mosquitoes is from the areas where your pets live and play. For example, if you keep your pets’ food and water outdoors, it is important to empty and wash the bowls every day. Bird feeders will also collect water and in-turn collect mosquitoes. So, make sure you change the seed as often as possible and check them daily for standing water.
Maintain Your Landscaping to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
Overgrown bushes, high weeds, and tall grass are the perfect hiding places for mosquitoes. For this reason, it is important to mow the lawn and trim the bushes routinely. A lawn service can be extremely beneficial when it comes to controlling and getting rid of mosquitoes in your yard. Along with the large areas of your lawn, they will properly care for the hidden areas as well, such as trimming under bushes (which helps them dry properly). A weed eater should be used to remove weeds and high grass from around lampposts, fences, and the foundation of your home.
If the above tips do not get rid of mosquitoes in your yard, it is a good idea to contact a lawn service company. The company can make recommendations on a larvicide spray that will get rid of mosquitoes without harming your landscaping.
To learn more about how to protect your family from the dangers of mosquitoes or to schedule an appointment for a professional lawn service representative to help get rid of mosquitoes in your lawn, contact our team of experts at Think Green Lawn Service today by calling (678) 648-2556.