Summer is quickly approaching here in North Texas. With it comes the risk of mosquito breeding. These tiny creatures are all over and gearing up for their busiest season. In Texas, they are more than an annoyance. They buzz around and transmit diseases that can make you sick. In worse cases, the mosquito bite can result in congenital disabilities and even death.
The backyard of the house is a breeding ground for all those mosquitoes. Remember, it’s not just about itchy bites. These tiny creatures also transmit deadly ailments through a bite. In the past few years, Texas has seen an increasing number of cases of the West Nile and Zika viruses.
The unsuspecting items in your yard can be harboring mosquito eggs or larvae. The stagnant water is a perfect nursery for mosquitoes to breed. Some of the main sites include birdbaths and fountains, flowerpots, buckets, and other gardening accessories, garbage cans and lids, rain gutters, outdoor furniture, kid pools and outdoor toys, and even water dishes for your pets.
Before summer kicks these pests into high gear, it’s better to detect the mosquito infestation and stop it in the first place.
It’s a pain to deal with mosquito infestation once it goes beyond your control. The best solution to this problem is timely detection and prevention of mosquito breeding. Protect your family, friends, and neighbors from itchy bites and mosquito-borne diseases by following these control measures:
Don’t leave stagnant water
According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, mosquitoes require as little as one tablespoon of water to breed. It means any container or water body built up in and around your house could become a breeding ground for these tiny insects. They lay their eggs and for the young to successfully hatch and mature.
This mosquito season, keep the gutters clean, empty kiddie pools and water buckets, and fill birdbaths with fresh water.
Declutter and pick up litter
Mosquitoes can lay eggs on old barbecue grills, car parts, shelves, and other deteriorating stuff. It’s better to get rid of them. Take this as an opportunity to beautify your home by decluttering this kind of junk. Throw away those empty bottles, cups, cans, and other detritus as it becomes a nursery for mosquitoes later.
Use mosquito repellents
Mosquitoes love overgrown trees, brush, weeds, and tall grass. Spraying mosquito repellent spray on your lush garden can limit the risk of attracting these tiny creatures.
These simple precautions can lower the risk of attracting mosquitoes to your property. You can also take professional help to ensure “no-whine zones” in your backyard. Give us a call at All American Pest today, and we can help you devise the right plan for your space. Let’s enjoy this summer without worrying about mosquitoes!