Here are some backyard mosquito control tips to help you reduce the likelihood of you and your family being bitten in Metro Atlanta. This particular part of Georgia is particularly prone to mosquito attacks because of the numerous creeks, rivers and lakes in the area. These are ideal breeding grounds for insects of many types, among them the dreaded mosquitoes.
You will have little need to dread these insects if you follow these tips. They have been repeated many times on the Mr. Mister blog, but there is no harm in stating them again for the benefit of our new readers. It is now summer, and mosquitoes will be active until late fall, so it is not too late to employ these tips on controlling mosquitoes to protect you, your family, visitors and don’t forget the pets! Mosquitoes seek any warm blood source, so your pets are not immune.
Backyard Mosquito Control Tips
- Know the Favorite Mosquito Breeding Places
If you want to learn how to control mosquitoes in your own yard, you have to understand where they are most likely to breed. It’s no use just killing them when they appear. You will never get them all with a manually operated spray can, and you won’t keep them all off with an anti-mosquito body spray.
Mosquitoes breed throughout the summer and fall, so don’t think that the population you have now is all there is going to be. That is not the case! Mosquitoes can mate, lay eggs and hatch to maturity within a week or two. The mosquito that bites you in June can be mother, or even grandmother, to the ten that bite you in July. If you can control the places where mosquitoes breed, then you can control mosquitoes throughout the year.
- Mosquitoes breed in still water – the stiller the better. They prefer swampland, bayous or the still areas of water by the side of slow-moving rivers and creeks. The Chattahoochee River is a prime example, so residents of Roswell and Dunwoody are particularly prone to mosquito attacks. Buckhead, Nancy Creek and Sandy Springs residents are equally at risk.
- A common factor with all of these areas is standing water. Rivers and Creeks are also associated with riverbanks and areas where the water barely moves – if at all. So think of where else female mosquitoes can find standing or stagnant water!
- Tin cans, depressions in the earth, by the bottom edges of walls where small depressions can be used to breed dozens of larvae (aka wrigglers.)
- Swimming pools can become stagnant when not used over fall and winter, and come spring they can be home to thousands of mosquito larvae.
- You can likely think of several other potential sources of stagnant water in or around your home. So:
- Check Out Your Yard
Once you understand where mosquitoes breed, and know what the various stages of their development look like, it’s time to check out your own backyard. Seek out anywhere that can hold standing water for a few days – a few days is all it takes for a new generation of mosquitoes to plague your home and your yard. Here’s what to look for:
You likely know the obvious places: old tires in your backyard, old tin cans, watering cans that have been left over winter and spring, bird baths, flower planters, dog bowls – you have likely been informed many times that these are favorites for breeding mosquitoes. However, have you also taken into consideration the following mosquito control tips:
- Holes in trees in your front or backyard – or even in areas close to your home. Mosquitoes can breed anywhere that water is lying still and stagnant for a few days. Clean out and block these up.
- Holes in stone or brickwork – including the walls of your home and around your yards. Mosquito control is essential anywhere mosquitoes can breed – all they need is a few cubic inches of water to lay their eggs. Clean out and cement these over.
- The base of walls and fence posts. You often find depressions in the soil around such areas, even if they sunk in concrete there can often be depressions suitable for mosquitoes to breed. Fill in these depressions.
- Small depressions in your grassed areas or around the base of trees – in fact anywhere in your yard that can hold small volumes of still and stagnating water. Level out depressions in lawns and other areas.
- Around drains and downpipes. Drains and downpipes than drain rainwater from your roof are favorite breeding areas for mosquitoes. Clean them out and make sure water is free running.
- Roof guttering: These are very popular with mosquitoes. They offer a source of standing water that mosquitoes can home in on. Unless you keep your guttering clean and free-running, you are likely to find colonies of mosquitoes buzzing out from in and around your guttering and homing in on your family during barbecue time. Clean your guttering and make sure they run freely to the downpipes.
- Clean out your Swimming pool properly and keep it chlorinated, even in winter.
- Other Backyard Mosquito Control Tips
Given the above information and the remedial actions suggested, you should now be able to remove any standing water in all of the above areas, whether you do it yourself or employ somebody to do it. Doing this will minimize the likelihood of mosquitoes breeding in your yard – but it will not prevent them moving in from your neighbors’ yards or any rivers or creeks close by.
In order to maintain the mosquito-free zone you have created, you will need a barrier to prevent insects from encroaching on your territory from theirs! You can do this using Mr. Mister’s automatic mosquito misting service that creates a barrier around your backyard and front yard or garden, and so keeps your entire home free from mosquitoes.
Mosquito Control Tips for Metro Atlanta: Summary
Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they can spread many diseases. You can find information on mosquito-borne diseases elsewhere on our website. Keep in mind: Zika is not the only serious disease that mosquitoes transmit. If you follow all the above backyard mosquito control tips for Metro Atlanta, then you should save you and your family a lot of grief. If you want total peace of mind, Mr. Mister can provide you with that by looking after your Atlanta mosquito control systems ourselves.
We will survey your backyard and the other areas within and around your home, and suggest a course of action that rid your home of mosquitoes. All you have to do to get this level of security against mosquito attack and the diseases they bring with them is to call us on (404) 941-0720 or complete the form on our Mosquito Control Contact Page.