Summertime in Georgia is ideal for enjoying a meal on the patio and playing in the yard with the kids. But no one wants to come to a barbeque that is swarming with mosquitoes. Mr. Mister’s ClearZone Yard Treatments and Automated Mosquito Misting Systems will take care of the heavy lifting, but there are several things you should do on your own to maximize the benefits you receive from our services.
Public Enemy #1 – 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 the tiny amount of water in a discarded bottle cap to reproduce and wreak havoc on your family.
Here is a list of simple things you can do to make your yard undesirable for mosquitoes:
1. Remove standing water – Mosquitoes LOVE still water. In fact, they breed in it! Make it impossible for mosquitoes to thrive in your yard when you:
- Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor garbage or recycling containers to let water drain out.
- Clear gutters and downspouts weekly.
- 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 your property after it rains to look for areas in the landscape that are not draining well. If you find puddles that remain for four or more days, 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 – Items like discarded aluminum cans, cups, and tires hold water and will become mosquito breeding grounds.
4. Refresh pet water bowls daily – Even without the threat of mosquitoes, Fido deserves fresh water each day! Now you have another reason to make sure it happens.
5. Maintain your pool – Keep swimming pool water clean and chlorinated. Water circulation will also make your pool less appealing to mosquitoes.
6. Aerate ornamental ponds – Keep water moving to discourage mosquitoes from laying eggs. Double up on the effort when you stock the pond with mosquito-eating fish.
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.