As the spring season approaches in Atlanta, it’s not too early to begin thinking about how to effectively protect you and your family from mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile and Zika virus—which, as you probably know, has become prevalent in the Southeast, in recent years.
As a matter of fact, those who live in the Southern U.S. or Hawaii may already be dealing with mosquitoes right now. Generally speaking, as soon as a region’s average temperature reaches 50 degrees or higher, these pests begin establishing a presence in that region.
How to Prevent Mosquitoes
The most effective preventative measure a homeowner in Atlanta can take, apart from introducing chemically-based repellents, is to eliminate any standing water on the property.
Here are some ideas for areas to inspect for standing water in your yard and near your home– as well as some other specific actions you should take—in order to prevent a severe mosquito infestation, come spring.
Eliminating Standing Water
You can begin by looking for containers and objects where water can collect and pool. You should get rid of receptacles such as flower pots and old buckets that you’re no longer using, or simply turn them over and ensure they are dry so as not to attract insects (like mosquitoes) to breed inside them.
Inspect hollow stumps and trees around your property for any standing water, and fill them in with sand or mulch. You can also drill holes in the bottom of tire swings, in order to prevent any water accumulation.
If you own an inflatable swimming pool or a wheelbarrow, turn these objects over, and try drilling holes in the bottom of any plastic recycling containers, as well, in order to prevent water from collecting
Finally, inspect your ditches, culverts and drains in order to ensure they are not blocked; if they are, you should make sure to clear them of any trash or lawn clippings in order to allow for proper water drainage.
As long as pools and ponds are properly maintained, mosquito breeding will not be a problem. However, if pools are not cleaned out and chlorinated on a regular basis, they can become perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes—enough to infest an entire neighborhood.
Water gardens can also become fertile ground for mosquitoes, when allowed to stagnate. To remedy this, make sure that your ponds are stocked with fish or aerated.
Atlanta Mosquito Control Begins With You
Besides preventing mosquito-borne diseases, the absence of these pests will also allow for a more enjoyable ambiance in your yard—for things like spontaneous warm weather BBQs.
This is why you should transform yourself into a mosquito breeding ground inspector before the spring arrives. Your family, friends, and neighbors will collectively thank you.
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