How to Control Mosquitoes by Removing Standing Water from your Property
Mosquitoes breed in standing water, and they do not require much to do so. Even a very small amount, such as the water that collects in a planter dish, can lead to mosquito breeding. Your first step in understanding how to control mosquitoes is knowing where mosquitoes breed. The key to preventing a mosquito infestation is by keeping your yard free of any standing water, even small amounts, so the mosquitoes' breeding is limited.
Ways you can help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds:
- Dispose of old tires, buckets, ceramic pots and other containers in your yard that may collect water.
- Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water. Drill holes into the bottom of tire swings.
- At least once per week, empty standing water from containers, including birdfeeders, on your property.
- Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors.
- Drainage holes in the sides of containers allow sufficient water to collect in which mosquitoes may breed.
- Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Flooded roof gutters are easily overlooked but can produce hundreds of mosquitoes each season.
- Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
- Turn over wheelbarrows when not in use.
- Store boats covered or upside down, or remove rainwater weekly.
- Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to infest an entire neighborhood. Be aware that mosquitoes may also breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.
- Keep drains, ditches and culverts free of grass clippings, weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
- Fill in low areas on your property to eliminate standing water. Ponds or streams where fish are present or the water is disturbed by current or wave action do not produce many mosquitoes; standing water is more of a breeding area.
So if you have mosquitoes, the standing water in your backyard has got to go. This will be the start of your anti-mosquito campaign! Next step...effective outdoor mosquito control that can help you enjoy season-long protection from the dangers of mosquitoes.
How to Control Mosquitoes with Mosquito Magnet®
Even if you are diligent and you remove the standing water that you see on your property, many times there are areas of your yard acting as breeding areas that you don't realize or cannot access. For instance, dense shrubs can collect water at their base, concealed from view.
Moreover, while you may do your part, your neighbors may not be aware of how to control mosquitoes by removing water. There is also the chance water is collecting in a public area near your home. Because mosquitoes travel several miles from their breeding source, your property is still at risk for a mosquito infestation.
How to control mosquitoes that enter your yard involves running your Mosquito Magnet® machine. Your Mosquito Magnet® machine, when run continuously 24 hours a day, can kill enough mosquitoes to interrupt their breeding cycle, virtually eliminating these biting insects in your yard. Here is how to control mosquitoes most effectively: start your machine once the temperature consistently is above 50 degrees, which is the temperature mosquito breeding begins.
If you're dealing with a mosquito infestation, you need to know how to control mosquitoes immediately, as it will take several weeks to see improvement and gain long-term relief from your Mosquito Magnet® machine. In the interim, you can find temporary relief from mosquitoes by spraying yourself with DEET products, burning citronella or conceal candles, and covering outdoor gathering areas such as picnic tables with a mosquito net.
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