Mosquitoes can be a serious hassle that really affect how much you enjoy your yard. These insects can also present some serious health risks. Even if you live in a town that regularly sprays for mosquitoes, it can still behoove you to take additional steps to ensure that these bugs do not invade your space. With that in mind, here are three strategies for controlling the presence of mosquitoes throughout your property.
1. Schedule Regular Professional Treatments
Even if your town sprays and you take all of the other steps mentioned here, you should invest in professional treatments. A mosquito control specialist can treat your lawn, bushes, trees and so forth, and it can make a significant difference. Treatments are rather inexpensive and only take about 20 minutes or so. You may not even need to be present. Treatments generally last for about 21 days, but treatments only need to be performed during mosquito season—temperatures above 50° F.
You may be a parent as well as a pet parent who has concerns about their children, dogs and cats. It is worth mentioning that the diseases mosquitoes carry are a much bigger health concerns for kids and pets than the treatments are. That said, the treatments are safe for kids and pets. Experts generally want treatments to be dry to be on the safe side so will recommend that kids and pets remain indoors during the treatment and for 30 minutes after.
2. Eliminate Breeding Grounds
If your yard has breeding grounds that are favorable to mosquitoes, then your local mosquito population will be higher than usual and those professional treatments you pay for will be less effective. The insect control specialists you hire can identify the problem areas for you and even eliminate them as well as treat them in scenarios where getting rid of them are not an option.
Standing water is the big no-no since this is where female mosquitoes lay their eggs. Eggs become larvae in just three days and full-grown adults in under two weeks, and at that point, you have a full-blown cycle underway and a real problem. Every female can create 400 mosquitoes at a time! If you have a pond or similar feature on your land, then it is important to treat it for algae as well as specifically for mosquitoes.
3. Employ Localized Mosquito Control
Although you have eliminated the breeding grounds and have had your yard professionally treated, it is still a good idea to use local mosquito deterrents. Local means both in your immediate area and on your person. Personal bug sprays are the last line of defense and highly recommended no matter how extensive your other mosquito control measures. Be mindful that both the CDC and EPA evaluate these products so that you have some very reliable information on which to base your purchasing decisions.
Citronella candles are relatively inexpensive and highly effective for a localized area. There are also many options on the market so that you can choose a product that is attractive and smells nice. Something else to consider is integrating natural mosquito deterrents into your landscape design. You can, for instance, grow lavender in order to naturally repel mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and much more!
Your climate and environment will dictate how much of a problem the mosquito population is for you. Some seasons will be worse than others. If your local jurisdiction does not spray for mosquitoes and you have the opportunity to push that agenda, then you likely should. Spraying on a community-wide basis is actually quite efficient and cost-effective, and doing so can make it much easier for the local homeowners and businesses to control the presence of mosquitoes on their properties.