With the recent rise in West Nile virus, Zika virus, and other mosquito-borne illnesses in the United States, homeowners are increasingly concerned about keeping mosquitoes out of their yards and away from their family members.
If you are having a problem with mosquitoes in your yard, then each of these professional pest control tips will help:
Tip: Eliminate All Sources of Stagnant Water
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water. Without any stagnant water present on your property, mosquitoes cannot breed.
Since it is always easier to reduce mosquito populations by preventing further breeding rather than trying to kill the adult insects, you should do everything you can to eliminate all of the stagnant water where they can lay eggs.
If you have low spots in your landscaping or patios where water tends to hang around after you water or when it rains, then take steps to increase their ability to properly drain the water.
Tip: Spray Insecticide Containing a Larvicide
If you have eliminated all of the stagnant water breeding sources and yet the mosquitoes are still a nuisance every time you and your kids go outside, then you must treat them with a spray insecticide.
The best insecticides for mosquitoes are those products that contain larvicides designed to kill the mosquito larva prior to ever reaching adulthood. This allows the spray to kill any adults it comes into contact with as well as any larvae that haven't yet had the chance to mature.
Tip: Add Mosquito-Eating Fish to Decorative Water Features
If your backyard has any decorative water features such as a pond or waterfall, you should ensure they have bleach in the water to prevent mosquitoes from reproducing in it.
If you do not want to bleach the water because your pets drink from it, then add a few fish who will feed on the mosquitoes and their larvae.
Tip: Enlist the Help of Pest Control Professionals
If your whole community is having mosquito problems, then you should ask your community agricultural office about community spraying or other efforts to combat mosquitoes. Sometimes the government will hire a mosquito control service to spray an entire area to help residents better control the problem.
Lastly, if you are unable to eliminate the mosquito problem in your yard and the county office isn't helping, then call a professional pest control company to come out and spray your yard with a stronger insecticide.