Unfortunately, mosquitoes can put a damper on your summertime activities. Warmer temperatures, humidity and standing water can attract mosquitoes and lead to breeding. Since these flying pests can carry West Nile virus, it’s important to reduce exposure as much as possible. By following a few tips, most people can reduce the amount of future mosquito annoyances and enjoy their time outdoors.
The key to preparing for mosquitos is to address prevention techniques. Make your yard less attractive for the pests to live in and breed. The flying pests breed in water, so diligent homeowners should remove all standing water from areas such a birdbaths, buckets, drainage pipes, and kiddie pools. Remove the leaves that are left in your gutter that hold water. Remove any junk around the yard that can collect water, such as tires. If you have standing water that you cannot remove, consider placing a fish called Gambusia affinis, aka mosquito fish into the water. This fish will eat any insects that land in the water.
To eliminate all possible breeding sources, homeowners should evaluate their yard for any areas that might give mosquitos a place to live and breed. Homeowners should walk around their yard and look for potential breeding places. Piles of grass clippings or leaves should be removed. Tall weeds and grasses around fences should be cut down. Toys should be picked up to eliminate the possibility that they will collect rain water.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends applying bug repellents to the skin and clothing. Use only repellents that have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA evaluates each product for efficacy and possible effects on humans and the environment. Products with DEET or Picaridin are most effective. Use a product with no more than 10 percent DEET to avoid potentially harmful effects. Products that contain more than 10 percent don’t allow the skin to breathe properly through the pores.
No one can totally eliminate pests from their lives, but taking a few precautions before the warm weather starts can help to reduce the amount of mosquitos that enter your yard. If you are in the greater Los Angeles area and want to get a head start on your summer pest control, please call the experts at Accuracy Plus today at (888) 675-0258.