What do you use your backyard for? There are all kinds of fun backyard activities that the whole family can enjoy. But summer fun can quickly be ruined by mosquitoes, and it can start to feel like those mosquitoes own the place. If you want to take your backyard back, you need to hit those mosquitoes where it hurts. You need to address breeding sites in your yard and turn mosquito resting sites into mosquito traps. Together, this will work to reduces the population of mosquitoes in your yard.
You may not know it, but the mosquitoes that bite you in your yard are usually mosquitoes that hatch in your yard. Most mosquitoes don't travel very far in their lifetime. It takes time for new mosquitoes to replace the mosquitoes that are eliminated in resting sites. That is why professional mosquito reduction often has a dramatic impact on mosquito populations. Here are some tips to help you get those mosquitoes under control and take your backyard back.
- Keep leaves raked up to prevent rainwater pools from forming. It only takes an inch of water for mosquitoes to breed. If a pool of still water sits longer than a week, mosquitoes may have enough time to develop from egg to adult and take to the air.
- Since it takes over a week for mosquitoes to develop from egg to adult, you can prevent mosquito breeding by replacing water in bird baths and similar water containers.
- Inspect your gutters for breaks or obstructions. A pool of water in your gutter can become a breeding site. And water that runs down the side of your home and pools near your foundation wall can provide an even better breeding location, especially if it collects in a shaded location.
- Look for objects in your yard that capture rainwater and address them. A tire swing, for instance, can collect water inside. If you poke a hole in the bottom, the water will be able to drain out. If you have a kiddie pool for your kids, turning it over when not in use can prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
Once still water has been addressed in your yard, this should be followed up with routine treatments from a pest control company. If you live in Middle Tennessee, this is a great place to start. All-American Pest Control offers industry-leading mosquito control for Middle Tennessee. Reach out to us today. It's not too late to save your summer!