Dealing with mosquitoes – what you should know
There is no doubt that mosquitoes have a bad reputation. Yes, there may be evidence to suggest that they have a positive effect on nature, by pollinating some flowers; but they also bite and they spread deadly diseases, such as malaria, encephalitis and yellow fever. There are more than 3,000 species of mosquito across the globe; 176 of which exist in the US.
If you have a persistent issue with mosquitoes around your home, extermination professionals can help you come up with a long-term plan. You can find out more about this. You may want to try dealing with mosquitoes yourself, to begin with. If this is the case, there are certain steps that you should take.
Be safe while you deal with the problem
Some of the species of mosquito that exist in the US are very dangerous. You should always take protective measures when you are trying to deal with a mosquito problem yourself. Make sure that you cover as much of your body as possible, by wearing long pants, a long sleeve top and gloves. You should also use repellent spray on any areas of your body which are exposed.
Find any places where standing water is present
Mosquitoes like to gather around areas where water is standing. You may not be aware that there are places in your yard where water can gather and stand for long periods of time. This is why you need to go looking for these areas. Choose a day when there has been a significant amount of rainfall and take a look around your yard.
Get rid of the water which is causing a problem
Once you have identified areas of your yard where water is gathering and standing, you need to get rid of them. If containers or tubs are gathering water, empty them out and move them to an area where they will no longer do so. If there are holes or ditches in your yard which are causing a problem, make sure that they are filled in, so that water can no longer gather.
Take ongoing action
Once you have eliminated any obvious areas of standing water in your yard, you need to take action to limit the chances of mosquitoes being a problem around your home. This may include talking to a pest control professional about helping you to develop a long-term plan. You also need to keep your yard free of debris, such as piles of fallen leaves, on an ongoing basis. Water pools in these piles of debris and can provide an excellent home for mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are a pest that no-one wants in their home. They are a nuisance and their bites are painful. They can also spread several serious diseases. Taking the actions we have mentioned can help to solve a mosquito problem in and around your home. Remember that if you have any trouble dealing with the issue, you should contact professionals for help with resolving the situation.