PREVENTION Advise on How to Help Keep Your Yard MOSQUITO FREE Between Treatments!
- Check potted plants for any excess water building up in the pans underneath. Be careful not to overwater as those are prime breeding sites. Dump any extra water.
- Call your drainage department if you have any obstructions to water flow. Among the big producers are drainage ditches with emergent vegetation.
- Be aware of any water collecting in grassy areas like tire tracks and swales as these spots can breed mosquitoes. Keep grass mowed and fill-in these spots in order to avoid insects.
- Clean out your roof gutters every so often, as this source of breeding is often missed.
- Dump and re-fill pets water dishes every few days to avoid the pesky insects.
- Items sitting in your yard such as trash or car parts are a main breeding area. To avoid, cover them or throw them away.
- Dump excess water and re-fill animal troughs to get rid of any mosquito larvae.
- Toremove pests in this area, stack old tires and cover so that mosquitoes dont begin to breed.
- After it rains, cover places that collect the fresh water to avoid mosquitoes from laying their eggs.
- Kiddie pools that arent wellmaintained are huge areas for mosquitoes to breed. Empty weekly and re-fill as needed.
- Plants that hold a lot of water need to be checked once a week to remove larvae that are typically difficult to see.
- Watch out for water-filled tree holes, branches and trunks of the trees which are favorite breeding sites. Fill with sand or concrete to avoid pest infestation.
- Seal openings under slabs with sand or concrete as they can hold water for long periods of time.
- Natural ponds on your property will inhabit mosquitoes. Remove vegetation around the area, or stock the pond with minnows.
- Boats not currently in use can hold a lot of extra water causing the area to breed more mosquitoes. Cover and the next time you’re on the lake bail out all extra water very carefully.
- Any small containers on your property such as bird baths, grills, ash trays that hold water can produce insects. Cover or overturn these to flush out any excess water.