If you have a mosquito problem in your yard, you are not alone. This is a common problem for homeowners in most areas of the country. If the problem becomes too big, you can always call a professional for help, but there are many things you can do on your own that may take care of the issue. The following are three things to try before you call a pest control company.
Eliminate standing water
Water accumulates in areas after a rain, and it often takes time for it to evaporate. Depending upon weather conditions, this water can be there for weeks. It is important that you not allow this to happen. Water is where female mosquitoes lay their eggs. If you can reduce this water substantially from your property, this alone will help to reduce the population greatly as a new generation will simply be small in number. Pay attention to anything on your property that may hold water, even a small amount of water. A female mosquito doesn’t require a lot of water to lay eggs.
Use a good pesticide
Full-grown mosquitoes like to spend the daytime hours in the dense areas of overgrown bushes and underneath the leaves. The first thing you want to do is remove excess branch and leaves. Prune your large bushes and thin them out if possible. After this, you need to buy a quality pesticide that is formulated for mosquitoes. Spray the bushes according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This, combined with eliminating their breeding grounds, will go a long way to reducing their numbers.
Use a good mosquito trap
Last, you need to keep the population as low as possible. The main way to do this is to kill any new females that come onto your property before they can attempt to breed. A good trap works by containing a certain amount of water. Into this water, mosquito water tablets are dissolved. Naturally, the chemicals contained in these tablets will kill the females and any larvae that hatch from eggs. If you have been successful at removing water from your property and are vigilant in keeping standing water from accumulating, then the water in these traps will be extremely attractive to females.
Keep in mind that mosquitoes are an insect that you will never eliminate. They can enter your yard from nearby areas that have no mosquito control. However, with the tips listed above, you should be able to keep the mosquito population on your property to a minimum.