Breeding sites for mosquitoes are not always accessible or obvious. This means some nearby sources may not be detected, or may be impractical to treat. Also, given that mosquitoes are capable of flying in from some distance away, it might be necessary to take extra measures against adult mosquitoes.
There are two big mosquito breeding grounds that are very prevalent but slip under the radar screen of a lot of homeowners. They are stagnant water and unkept grounds. If you know about them, and take action, you’re going to benefit from being proactive in controlling mosquitoes in your house and yard.
Eliminate Stagnant Water
Mosquitoes require stagnant water in order to breed. This means that minimizing, if not totally eliminating, standing water can go a long way in eradicating mosquitoes. Atlanta residents create all kinds of areas for water to collect, something that provides mosquitoes with a breeding ground. For instance, a 6-inch-diameter container with a half inch of water is enough for them to reproduce. It is advisable to tip any item containing stagnant water, such as dog bowls, plant saucers, or bird baths.
Sometimes homeowners themselves are to blame for creating mosquito habitats close to their homes. If a resident’s yard is full of unneeded items that are holding water, they should be discarded. A good example is old tires that are well-known for holding stagnant water, and which provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If they cannot be discarded, holes can be drilled at their bottom to allow water to drain out.
There are some items that hold water but cannot be discarded, such as children’s toys, wading pools, buckets and basins. Such items should be flipped over when not being used in a way that they don’t fill with water. In case of water that cannot be drained, such as rain barrels, fish pods or ditches, mosquito dunks can be used to kill mosquito larvae. Dunks are small disks that, when dropped into standing water, release a certain toxin that kills mosquito larvae only. The toxin causes no harm to birds, fish or any other animals.
Keep Your Yard Well Manicured
Trees and other plants found near homes offer housing and shade for these insects. Organic materials such as leaves provide them with everything they need to survive and breed. Well manicured lawns with brush trimmed backs do away with areas that mosquitoes can use as habitats. Additionally, cleaning gutters in a way that water can drain freely is recommended.
During the day, mosquitoes prefer resting in protected sites. Yards having lots of shrubs, trees and dense vegetation, together with properties adjoining such areas offer the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Hence, removal of overgrowth and tall weeds is an essential part of mosquito removal.
Knowing About Mosquito Breeding Grounds Isn’t Enough
Unfortunately, being proactive yourself in mosquito control is only half the battle. In addition to being vigilant against stagnant water and unkept grounds, it’s vital to make an investment in professional mosquito control. Atlanta is a hotbed of mosquito activity from Spring to early Fall. If you want to enjoy your yard and relax outdoors, you need to either install a mosquito control system, or have the pros come out and spray for mosquitoes on a regular basis. Learn more about Mr. Mister Mosquito Control so you know what to expect from professional mosquito control services.