It’s never too early to begin the process of creating a
mosquito-proof property. Take steps to make your yard less inviting to
mosquitoes, and make sure they don’t have easy access to the inside of your
Objects that collect water
Remove any objects that collect water — Take an inventory of your yard and
remove anything that could hold standing water, since these objects can serve
as primary mosquito breeding grounds. Mosquitoes require only a small amount of
water for depositing their eggs, so don’t overlook any potential water
collection vessel. Flower pots, birdfeeders, old tires, wheelbarrows, and
buckets are just a few examples of favorite mosquito habitats.
Clean clogged gutters — Gutters tend to become clogged with leaves and other
debris during the course of a long winter. Flooded roof gutters and clogged
drainage systems create standing water that attracts mosquitoes in droves. It
will be worth your time to get the ladder out on the first relatively warm day
(after all the snow and ice has melted) and give your gutters a good cleaning.
Fill in low-lying areas — Ditches and other low-lying areas also collect
standing water after a rainfall. After the snow melts, survey your property for
these potential trouble spots and fill them in wherever possible.
Fill hollow logs
Fill in hollow logs — By filling in or removing any hollow logs and stumps
on your property, you’ll eliminate another standing water source while also
removing a potential habitat for hibernating mosquitoes in the winters to come.
Repair damaged or ineffective window screens — Repair your window screens
before you install them for the warmer weather. Tiny mosquitoes can find their
way into your home through the smallest tear in your screens. Consider
replacing worn screens or ones with openings that are too large to keep
mosquitoes out. A 16-18 mesh is the recommended size for pest control purposes.
If you have a screened-in deck, porch or patio, check the screen condition on this
Repair cracks and leaks — Cracks in your home’s foundation and exterior
walls can provide easy entry for mosquitoes, so be sure to seal any that you
find. Also repair any leaks that could create pools of water.
Install Bug Lights
Install bug lights — Installing yellow outdoor bug lights won’t necessarily
keep mosquitoes away, but it will make your property somewhat less attractive
during the nighttime hours.
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