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Keep the Mosquito Population Down by Monitoring the Water around Your Home

When you think about summer, you probably imagine picnics in the park, sleeping in, and sipping lemonade on the porch.  But there are also some rather unpleasant aspects of the season, including mosquitos.   The pests cause itchy sores when they bite, and they carry the risk of transmitting potentially dangerous diseases.  Fortunately, there are steps you can take right now to reduce the number of mosquitos living around your home.

Most of these involve making sure you don’t have any standing water around your home.  Mosquitos need still water for every stage of their life cycle. Eliminating such areas reduces their habitat.

 

  • Check for anything that might hold rainwater, including buckets, barrels, old tires, and empty flower pots. If possible, store them someplace where they won’t fill up again.  If you must leave an item out, make sure you check and dump it regularly.
  • Make sure any trash cans or recycling bins have drainage holes.  If they don’t, make some with a drill.  This will allow rainwater to flow out instead of accumulating.
  • If you have pet water dishes outside, empty and refill them regularly and don’t leave them full overnight.  If your pets are outside full time, consider getting dishes that cycle the water.  Birdbaths should also have cycling water.
  • Clean your gutters and downspouts regularly.  It’s a good idea to keep up this kind of maintenance anyway, but clogs can cause small pools of water to build up in your gutters.
  • Look for any areas of your yard that are particularly low-lying, where puddles generally form during heavy rains.  Consider having them filled in or regraded.
  • Don’t neglect your swimming pool.  This is a large amount of water that can quickly be turned into a mosquito breeding ground.  Make sure it has the proper amount of chlorine and is cleaned regularly.  Ensure that the cover fits properly, and dump out any water that accumulates on top of it.
  • Kiddie pools and water toys should be emptied and dried out when your children are done playing with them.
  • Yard debris should be removed or burned as quickly as possible.  Even the small amount of water trapped on leaves or around glass clippings can be enough for a mosquito to lay its eggs.

 

While you won’t be able to eliminate the mosquito population completely, it can make a big difference to go through these steps regularly.  Make your yard a prettier and more pleasant place by removing mosquito habitats.  Remember that if you see unexplained pudding in your yard, it could be a sign of a leak and it’s time to call A&W!