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6 Tips to Keep Your Yard Mosquito-Free

Summertime is ideal for enjoying a meal on the patio or playing in the yard with the kids.

But summertime in Georgia is also synonymous with mosquitoes.

No one wants to come to a barbeque that is swarming with mosquitoes! 

Mr. Mister’s Yard Treatments will take care of the heavy lifting, keeping your Georgia yard mosquito-free.

But there are several things you should do on your own to maximize the benefits you receive from our services.

Here are six tips from the pros to help keep any Georgia yard mosquito-free.

Public Enemy #1 – Standing Water

If you want to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard, you have to get rid of standing water.

Even the smallest amount of standing water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

In fact, Georgia’s Asian Tiger Mosquito needs only a tiny amount of water to reproduce and wreak havoc on your family, about the amount of water in a discarded bottle cap.

Here is a list of six simple things you can do to address water and make your yard undesirable for mosquitoes.

"A newborn mosquito in water"

“A newborn mosquito in water”

Remove Standing Water

Mosquitoes LOVE calm, undisturbed water.

In fact, they breed in it! Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, and when the eggs hatch, the mosquitoes spend their entire larval stage in the water.

To make it impossible for mosquitoes to thrive in your yard, try these tips.

Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor garbage or recycling containers to let water drain out.

Clear gutters and downspouts weekly. Water can pool in stuck debris, creating a great breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Always empty outdoor items that can hold water.

Buckets, toys, fire pits, planters, flower pot saucers, garbage can lids, bird baths, non-chlorinated wading pools, and baby pools will become homes for mosquitoes if they are not emptied following a rain shower or after use.

Examine Your Yard

"A newborn mosquito in water"

“A newborn mosquito in water”

In addition to removing sources of standing water, you should also take a close look at your yard for any potential mosquito-breeding habitats.

Look for areas that are damp or shaded, as these are ideal spots for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

If you find any problem areas, take steps to correct the drainage issue or provide more sun exposure.

Walk around your property after it rains. Look out for areas in the landscape that are not draining well.

Puddles that don’t dry up quickly can become mosquito breeding grounds.

If you find puddles that remain for four or more days, you may need to regrade the area or add drainage.

As part of our service, Mr. Mister’s mosquito control technicians will make you aware of and treat potential problem areas.

Keep Your Property Clean

It’s crucial that you keep your property free of anything that can hold water.

Items like discarded aluminum cans, cups, and tires collect water and will become mosquito breeding grounds.

Besides holding water, piles of trash or even long grass and overgrown bushes are great hiding places for adult mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes aren’t great fliers, so they like to hide out in areas where the breeze can’t get to them.

If you keep your yard clean, you can avoid becoming a hangout spot for resting mosquitoes.

Refresh Pet Water Bowls Daily

Even without the threat of mosquitoes, Fido deserves fresh water each day!

But during the summer mosquito season, there’s an extra reason to keep your pet’s water bowl fresh.

Standing water in a dog or cat bowl quickly warms up in the hot summer sun.

Warm, undisturbed water is precisely what mother mosquitoes look for when they’re selecting a place to lay their eggs.

The last thing you want is for your pet’s water dish to be full of mosquito larvae.

So keep the bowl fresh and don’t let it become a mosquito breeding ground.

Maintain Your Pool

Keep swimming pool water clean and chlorinated. Water circulation will also make your pool less appealing to mosquitoes.

The truth is, keeping your pool clean should be a priority for a lot of reasons.

If your pool has gotten to the point where mosquitoes are laying their eggs in it, you’re really not taking care of it.

But also look out for water puddling around your pool.

Look for dripping leaks in your pool equipment or water that splashes out of the pool.

Keep the entire pool area dry to stave off mosquitoes.

Aerate Ornamental Ponds

If you have a pond, a birdbath, or another pool of water you don’t want to drain, just keep the water moving.

Moving water will discourage mosquitoes from laying their eggs.

A small fountain is a great way to keep water flowing so that mosquitoes stay away.

You can even double up on the effort when you stock a pond with mosquito-eating fish.

If you absolutely need to keep around a pool of still water, treat it regularly with larvicide to kill mosquito larvae before they can mature.


By following these simple tips, you can enjoy a mosquito-free yard all summer long!

Remove standing water, examine your property for potential breeding grounds, and take steps to keep your yard clean and well-maintained. 

With a little effort, you can make your outdoor space a more enjoyable place for everyone in the family!

So fire up the grill. Dust off that baseball glove.

Grab a book and a glass of iced tea. It’s going to be a great, mosquito-free Georgia summer.


Q1: How does Mr. Mister’s Yard Treatments help control mosquitoes?

Mr. Mister’s Yard Treatments specializes in mosquito control services that significantly reduce the mosquito population in your yard. Our treatments target breeding areas, minimizing the presence of mosquitoes.

Q2: What are the risks associated with mosquitoes in Georgia?

Mosquitoes in Georgia, particularly the Asian Tiger Mosquito, can pose health risks as they breed rapidly in even small amounts of standing water. They are known carriers of diseases like West Nile virus and can cause discomfort with their bites.

Q3: What steps can I take to prevent mosquito breeding in my yard?

Six effective tips are recommended:

  • Removing Standing Water: Eliminate stagnant water sources.
  • Examining Your Yard: Identify and correct areas conducive to mosquito breeding.
  • Keeping Your Property Clean: Regularly clean and clear debris that can trap water.
  • Refreshing Pet Water Bowls: Ensure fresh water to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Maintaining Your Pool: Regularly clean and chlorinate swimming pools and prevent water puddles around them.
  • Aerating Ornamental Ponds: Keep water in motion to deter mosquito breeding.

Q4: How frequently should these preventive measures be implemented?

Regular maintenance is key. Conduct checks after rainfall and maintain a routine of keeping your property free of standing water and debris that could become breeding grounds.

Q5: Does Mr. Mister’s service cover identification of potential problem areas in the yard?

Absolutely! As part of our service, our technicians will identify and treat potential mosquito breeding areas in your yard, ensuring comprehensive mosquito control.

Q6: How effective are these preventive measures in ensuring a mosquito-free yard?

Following these tips diligently significantly reduces the likelihood of mosquito infestations in your yard, ensuring a more enjoyable outdoor experience for your family.

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