Mosquito Prevention Tips for a Safe Summer Season
Wondering why mosquito prevention matters? When a female mosquito bites you, they insert a long, pointed piece of their anatomy, called a proboscis, into your skin. It’s serrated, so it can pierce your skin easily. Once she enters your skin, she injects her saliva. Then, she draws your blood back out. The issue comes with that saliva injection. A mosquito can begin carrying a virus or a parasite when it bites an infected individual or animal. When it then turns around and bites you, that virus or parasite could end up in your bloodstream. This is why paying attention to mosquito prevention tips is so important.
In the United States, mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus, as well as encephalitis viruses. These conditions can make you quite ill, leading to fairly serious health problems. Even if you don’t get sick from the bite itself, the incessant itching after a day outside in a mosquito-ridden backyard can be frustrating enough.
Mosquito Prevention Tips
Think you’ll have to spend your summer inside just to avoid mosquito bites? Think again. There are several natural mosquito control steps you can take to avoid problems in your outdoor space.
- Know the Role of Standing Water: Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, and it doesn’t take much to host plenty of mosquito eggs ready to hatch and infest your yard. They need just a half inch of water to reproduce. Think about the spaces in your yard where standing water might collect. Plant saucers, kids’ pools, bird baths, and even dips in your yard could all create a great breeding space for mosquitoes. Dump out those items regularly. If you have a birdbath, change the water on a daily basis, if possible. You may even have spaces that collect water that you haven’t even considered. Have a tarp over your firewood or your grill? Check it for standing water. Have a kids’ pool you keep filled all summer? If you’re not treating it, you’re creating a space for mosquitoes to breed. If you have dips in your yard, fill them with extra dirt to keep from creating a mosquito breeding space.
- Declutter: Many people have junk in their yard for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s an old tire you plan to turn into a swing for the kids, a burn pile you just haven’t gotten to, or something else – if you have a spot where you keep junk in the yard, you have a spot where mosquitoes might create a home base. If possible, remove the junk. If some of it has to stay, at least make certain water can’t collect and stagnate.
- Do Some Yardwork: Heavy, dense spaces in your yard where weeds are free to grow are the perfect place for mosquitoes to breed, live, and hide. They feast on plant nectar when they aren’t looking to bite you, so those tall grasses are really just there to provide a feast for mosquitoes that come into your yard. Mow your yard regularly and keep tall grasses trimmed as much as possible. It will not only make your lawn look great, but it will keep the mosquito population down as well.
When to Call the Professionals
In many cases, you can handle mosquito problems with these tips. When you feel completely overwhelmed, though, it may be time to call in a bit of professional help. There are additional, more serious steps you may have to take if you have a mosquito problem that has been growing over the past several years.
At Ransford Pest Control, we’ll identify your mosquito problem areas, then take the right steps to ensure your backyard doesn’t remain a breeding ground for these problem creatures over the course of the summer. To learn more about how we can help you enjoy your yard by making it mosquito-free this summer, give us a call today at 508-756-5197.