Mosquitoes can be a nuisance at best, and dangerous to your health at worst. With the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus and Zika Virus, eliminating mosquitoes around your Texas home has become more important now than ever before. Homeowners can do a lot to combat these pests themselves by following these 5 T’s of mosquito control:
Items such as bird baths, sandboxes, or children’s toys can be used by mosquitoes to breed if they contain standing water. Giving these sort of items a quick tip over to clear the water out every few days should keep the number of mosquitoes in the area to a minimum.
An accumulation of yard waste provides the perfect home for ticks and the waste may help promote water pooling, causing an increase of mosquitoes. Properly disposing of dead leaves, grass clippings, and other types of waste should cut down on the numbers of places these insects might call home.
Anything that might build up standing water needs to be turned over for mosquito prevention purposes. It only takes a few days of water pooling in an area to go stagnant, which will result in an increase of mosquitoes around your yard. Keeping breeding areas to a minimum is also important in keeping the mosquito population down.
A loose fitting tarp will usually start forming water pools after a period of heavy rain. If this has already happened, take the tarp off to shake it out completely, then make sure it stays tightly on whatever it is covering. Tarps will start to sag from time to time making it important to keep an eye on your outdoor tarps every few days.
A mosquito barrier treatment can result in a vast reduction of new and existing mosquitoes. This type of treatment reduces the need for personal protection in the form of over the counter sprays, and it works on a time-released schedule, making it effective for months at a time.
Mosquito Squad of Greater Austin can help with an existing mosquito problem, or they can help stop mosquitoes from becoming a problem by treating your home and yard. A mosquito treatment should be your best choice for insect control, especially if you plan on spending a lot of time outside this summer. Call us at 512-717-6606 today!