It can be tough to eliminate all the mosquitoes around your property, but it is possible to prevent an infestation of these pests. While mosquitoes are a major nuisance, they can also pose health risks to humans, dogs, cats, and horses by transmitting diseases. It’s important to place preventative measures throughout your yard to reduce both their activity and their risk of spreading diseases.
Mosquitoes are looking for standing water to breed in. The first step to preventing mosquitoes is getting rid of any standing water throughout your yard.
- Keep your gutters clear of debris to prevent clogging.
- Empty birdbaths daily and refill them with new water.
- Check your AC drip pans for standing water.
- Turnover and remove water from anything that can collect, including pots, tarps, toys, old tires, and pet bowls.
Mosquitoes prefer to hide in tall grass and damp woodpiles. Keeping your yard well maintained and clear of clutter can also help prevent mosquitoes from your property.
- Cover or fill hollow tree stumps that can fill with water.
- Make sure to cover wood piles or store them in containers with lids.
- Keep your grass mowed short and frequently trim shrubbery and tree limbs.
- Keep your pool maintained or cover when you’re not using it for long periods of time.
Taking these steps can help to prevent high mosquito activity; though, at times it might be best to call your local pest control company to help with future infestations. A trained service professional can provide you with a customized prevention and treatment plan to help eliminate these pests throughout your property.