It’s been said that for everything, there is a season. When it comes to mosquito control, each season provides another opportunity to make sure that they don’t interfere with our enjoyment of the great outdoors. Performing a few simple tasks each season is the best way to prevent the necessity of having to take extreme measures to combat the mosquito population and help reduce the risk of diseases such as malaria and the West Nile and Zika viruses.
In spring, melting snow can be transformed into stagnant water, the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos. Take a tour of your yard and remove any object that could collect standing water. Since mosquitoes can breed in a pool of water no bigger than a bottle cap, imagine how many could breed in a bucket or a kiddie pool! Rain gutters clogged with leaves can also serve as a mosquito motel and add hundreds to their numbers within two short weeks.
Towards the end of spring in preparation for summer, you can also add some plants that produce natural mosquito repellents. Hummingbirds also keep the mosquito population down. Getting an inexpensive feeder or planting a few of their favorite flowers, like honeysuckle or sage can help attract them to your yard.
In summer, it’s important to trim all the plants, trees and bushes surrounding the house. In the fall, Lyme disease-carrying ticks can hide in untended greenery and piles of leaves. Ticks use mice as their primary form of transportation, which makes tick tubes an effective way to help eradicate them. You should dress appropriately and wear gloves while pruning and raking.
Mosquito control is a shared community activity, and unfortunately, not all of your neighbors may be equally vigilant. If that is the case in your neighborhood, it may become necessary to utilize the services of a professional. Mosquito Squad of Chester County offers a full range of pest control services, including an essential oil mosquito control treatment. If mosquitos or other pests are preventing you from enjoying the great outdoors, call 610-674-0799 today for a free consultation.