Mosquitoes are more than just an annoyance. Experts have called them "the most dangerous animal in the world" due to the way they spread diseases like malaria, zika virus, and yellow fever. There's no doubt about it: having mosquitoes in your yard is a dangerous situation. Thankfully, there are four steps you can take to keep them away.
1. Eliminate Standing Water
Mosquitoes breed in standing, stagnant water, such as that found in puddles, bird baths, and shallow ponds. Eliminating any standing water on your property will help ensure they do not breed there, which should reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property dramatically.
If you have any low spots that frequently fill up with water, hire a landscaping team to fill them in or install a drainage system. If you have bird baths, change the water inside of them weekly. Keep lids on your trash cans, and do not keep open jugs, watering cans, or tires in your yard as these can collect water.
If you have a pond, keeping it mosquito-free will require some attention to detail. Remove any trees, weeds, or obstructions that may shelter the pond from the wind, as increased airflow across the pond will make it less appealing to mosquitoes. You can also try adding goldfish or koi to your pond; they eat mosquito larvae before the larvae have a chance to develop into adult mosquitoes.
2. Keep Your Pool Clean
Mosquitoes will not breed in a clean, chlorinated pool, so if you have a pool, be very careful to keep it clean. Check your chlorine and pH levels twice a week. Maintain the chlorine level between 1.0 and 3.0 ppm and the pH between 7.4 and 7.6. Empty the skimmer baskets often so that the organic debris they collect does not attract mosquitoes.
If you have a pool cover, make sure you do not allow it to accumulate standing puddles of water. If puddles do collect, such as after a storm, drain them promptly before they begin attracting mosquitoes.
3. Clean Your Roof and Gutters
Dirty gutters are a popular harboring point for mosquitoes. If you have a flat roof, they may also breed in water that puddles on the roof. Clean out your gutters twice a year to make sure they are flowing freely. This is easier than you might imagine. You simply climb onto a ladder and use your gloved hand to pull any leaves and debris from the gutters. Pour a bucket of water down the gutters after cleaning to make sure they're clear.
If you notice water pooling on your flat roof, have your roofing contractor come out and adjust the pitch of the roof--or fill in the low spot--to prevent future puddles from forming.
4. Have Yard Sprayers Installed
Even if you take care to prevent mosquitoes from breeding on your land, they may still breed on nearby property and visit your yard, biting you when you spend time outside. Installing sprayers to periodically spray the perimeter of your yard with insecticides will help keep them away.
Mosquito sprayers are typically installed every 10 to 15 feet along the edge of your property. The system releases a fine mist of insecticides twice a day--at dusk and dawn. The pesticides settle on the plants along the border of your lawn, and when mosquitoes land on these plants, they are killed. If you have a party in your backyard, you can give your yard an extra misting prior to the event to ensure mosquitoes stay away.
With the steps above, you can maintain your yard as a mosquito-free haven. Pest Control Services, Inc. offers mosquito spraying services to customers in the Corpus Christi area. Contact us to learn more or to schedule your installation appointment.