Four No-Sweat Mosquito Control Tips For Grays Harbor County Homeowners
June 15, 2021
Is there anything more annoying than being bitten by a mosquito? Absolutely! Being bitten by several mosquitoes at the same time! If you can’t stand mosquito bites and are tired of wearing bug repellant around your own yard, we are here today to help. To help you keep these pests out of your Grays Harbor County yard, here are four no-sweat mosquito control tips that every local homeowner should know.
Tip One: Eliminate Breeding Sites
One thing you should know about mosquitoes is that only females drink blood. Even more interesting than this, they don’t need this blood to survive. What they need it for is to provide nutrients for their eggs. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in pools of stagnant water found on and around properties. Eliminating these water sources around your yard will help reduce the population of these pests around your outdoor living areas. Here are just a few practical ways we recommend you do this.
- After rainstorms, pour out the water that collects in buckets, toys, and other items around your yard.
- Address the topography of your yard to optimize drainage and reduce the chances of puddling.
- Make sure your gutters are damage-free and clean so that they properly channel water away from your home.
- Fix leaky piping and fixtures in and around your home.
- Change birdbaths or ornate pools around your yard for ones that have circulating water or change out the water inside them every four days.
- If you have a pond, consider stocking it with mosquitofish.
- Avoid overwatering your yard and/or garden.
Tip Two: Install Fans Around Outdoor Lounging Areas
Mosquitoes are notoriously bad flyers and have trouble landing when it is windy outside. If you have outdoor lounging areas that are covered from the elements but not screened in, there is one simple trick that will make it incredibly difficult for mosquitoes to bite you. This involves installing fans in a way that creates a constant movement of air around seating areas. When mosquitoes come to bite you, they will have trouble settling down and will be more likely to leave you alone.
Tip Three: Teach Your Neighbors About Mosquitoes
No matter how vigilant you are to address breeding sites on your property, mosquitoes will still be a problem if they find places to lay their eggs in your neighbors' yards. To help reduce mosquito populations on your whole block, discuss mosquito control with your neighbors. This will allow them to address breeding sights on their properties and in turn lower your chances of being bitten.
Strategies That Don’t Work With Mosquitoes
There are many things mosquitoes dislike, such as the smell of peppermint, a cloud of smoke, or a squirt from a citrusy fruit. These things, however, are not effective strategies to prevent these pests around your property. Keeping this in mind, if your read anything online suggesting that a smell, fire, or natural spray will completely deter mosquitoes around your yard, do not believe a word of it. Instead, save yourself some money and consider this one cost-effective, and very effective, option.
Tip Four: Hire A Pest Control Professional
Keeping up with DIY mosquito control is not easy. It requires constant attention to detail and takes time to be done right. If you are looking for a less stressful way to deter mosquitoes from living, breeding, and biting around your property, let Beacon Pest Control help. Using comprehensive mosquito control strategies, we will give your yard everything it needs to eliminate and prevent these dangerous pests.
Reach out to us today to find out how we can save you money and prevent pests around your Grays Harbor County property.