Are you an outdoorsy person? Do you enjoy roughing it out in the elements, or would you rather stay at home where you can sleep in a warm bed and cook food on a grill in your back yard rather than on an open fire in the woods? No matter your level of ourdoorsiness, it’s safe to say you don’t enjoy being bitten by mosquitoes, especially on your own property. If you are looking for a way to reduce mosquito populations around your Virginia Beach property, here are five stress-free prevention tips you should know.
Eliminate Sources Of Water Buildup
Mosquitoes need sources of water in order to lay their eggs. One way to reduce mosquito populations around your property is to find and eliminate sources of water buildup. You are most likely to find water buildup after rainstorms inside things like buckets, containers, and your kid’s toys.
Change The Water In Ornate Pools And Birdbaths
Some sources of water around your property can’t be poured out easily. Birdbaths and ornate pools are two great examples of this. For these sources, change their water once every four days. This is because mosquito eggs take five days to hatch. Another solution is to invest in birdbaths or ornate pools with a built-in mechanism that keeps the water moving.
Keep Your Grass Cut Short And Your Shrubs Trimmed
Mosquitoes are more likely to linger around properties that offer them places to perch in shaded areas. By keeping your grass cut short and your shrubs well-trimmed you limit their access to shelter from the sun. It also helps to eliminate clutter and organic debris since these locations provide a fair amount of shade themselves.
Clean Out Your Gutters
When homeowners consider where mosquitoes might be breeding around their property, they rarely look up. If you don’t have your gutters cleaned and maintained at least once a year, they are likely to accumulate dirt, debris, and leaves. This leads to water buildup, which you now know attributes to mosquito problems. The good news is that this is a simple fix. Have your gutters cleaned at least once a year.
Install Fans Around Outdoor Lounging Areas
Mosquitoes are naturally bad fliers. Their small bodies and delicate wings make landing difficult when conditions are unfavorable. One way to mechanically make conditions unfavorable to mosquitoes is by installing fans around covered outdoor lounging areas. The wind created this way will create a no-landing zone in areas you would like to relax and not get bitten.
The Danger Of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are not as dangerous here in the states as they are in other countries. This, however, does not mean they pose no threat to folks in our area. Mosquitoes still spread diseases. We just have more options to get quick medical help and fewer sick people for mosquitoes to pick up diseases from. Keeping all of this in mind, you should still do everything in your power to limit your exposure to these pests, not just because they are annoying, but because they could get you very sick.
Why You Should Consider Investing In Professional Mosquito Control
No amount of DIY prevention tips will guarantee the full prevention of mosquito bites. The same thing is true for professional mosquito control. The difference in effectiveness, however, is exponential. We can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property. By investing in professional mosquito control courtesy of Mosquito Elite Pest Control, you give yourself the absolute best chance possible to avoid being bitten by these pests.
Call our team today to find out how easy and effective our mosquito control is and schedule an appointment for your Virginia Beach property.