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Seven Tips For Managing Mosquitoes

6/23/2011 12:00:00 AM
Seven Tips For Managing Mosquitoes

 

We’ve all tried to enjoy a summer evening outside, only to be chased indoors by hordes of biting mosquitoes. These plentiful pests can be a bit more difficult to control than others — like ants, for example — but the extra effort is worth it. In addition to being a nuisance, mosquitoes can lower property values. Who wants a back yard that can’t be enjoyed? More importantly, while the chances of being infected by a bite are slim, there are a number of West Nile cases each year.

We offer several mosquito management services, and treat everything from single-family homes to large golf courses. Regular pesticide applications are, without a doubt, the key to controlling mosquito populations. Even so, there are a number of steps the non-exterminator can take to battle mosquitoes that don’t involve EPA-regulated pesticides.

  1. Search for and eliminate standing water. Puddles, ponds, and ditches are obvious, but what about buckets, tires, old fish ponds, clogged gutters, and unused swimming pools? These are all potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

  2. Like many flying insects, mosquitoes are attracted to light. Replacing incandescent bulbs — outdoors — with yellow bulbs will not necessary turn a yard into a bug-free zone, but it certainly helps.

  3. Mosquitoes do not respect property boundaries. If an entire community is afflicted with the pests, a community-wide effort will probably be required to manage them. Talk to the neighbors, identify nearby breeding sites — such as ponds on golf courses — and consider treatment options.

  4. A large fan placed on a deck or patio can discourage mosquitoes from flying in that direction.

  5. Screening in a porch will prevent many pests from entering (but not all). Don’t forget to repair holes and tears.

  6. A decorative fountain or waterfall placed in a pond will often disrupt the surface of the water enough to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Just be sure that the ripples reach the pond’s edge; a small fountain in the middle of a large pond is useless.

  7. Wash up! Mosquitoes can sense and are attracted to perspiration and body odor. Of course, they’re also attracted to carbon dioxide, and it’s not practical to stop breathing.

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