Summertime in Georgia is ideal for enjoying a meal on the patio or playing in the yard with the kids. But 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 yard mosquito-free. But there are several things you should do on your own to maximize the benefits you receive from our services and keep your 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 simple things you can do to make your yard undesirable for mosquitoes.
1. 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.
2. Examine Your Yard
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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.