10 Tips To Help Control Mosquito Breeding AreasMay 24, 2016
The absolute easiest mosquito to control is the one that is never born. That’s the principle thought behind an initiative from the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention – to educate all Mainers about the simple things they can do to help reduce mosquito populations in their neighborhoods. Another way to look at it is to follow the old adage, ‘no one can do everything, but everyone can do something’.
Got Mosquitoes? Stop the Breeding Cycle
Help keep mosquito populations under control in your neck of the woods…by preventing the little buggers from reproducing in the first place. Simply follow these tips:
- Eliminate any artificial sources of standing water. Remove and/or drain any outdoor water-holding containers such as aluminum cans, plastic containers, glass bottles, and children’s toys.
- Remove all discarded automobile tires from the property. Abandoned tires are the most common site for mosquito breeding in the United States. (NOTE: Tires used to anchor tarps or other outdoor coverings should be drilled or otherwise modified to prevent water pooling.)
- Dispose of or drill holes in the bottom of containers such as recycling bins, trash barrels, and flowerpots. Drainage holes located on the sides of containers will still provide enough water for mosquitoes to breed. (NOTE: Also be on the lookout for containers that have become overgrown by vegetation.)
- Check roof gutters periodically and make sure they drain properly. Clean clogged gutters every spring, fall, and as often as necessary to eliminate standing water.
- Maintain, clean, and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs as instructed. When not in use, keep covered. Do not allow covers to collect standing water.
- Properly aerate ornamental pools or stock them with native fish. Residential water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.
- Turn over wheelbarrows, plastic buckets and plastic “kiddie” pools when not in use.
- Wash and replace the water in birdbaths at least twice a week.
- Educate, encourage, and (if necessary) assist neighbors with eliminating similar mosquito breeding sites located on their property.
- Questions or concerns? Contact a local mosquito control company, such as Lucas Residential, licensed by the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC).
While there’s no way to fully negate the likelihood of getting bit by a mosquito while enjoying the outdoors this summer, we all can do our part to at least make sure the mosquito problem in Maine isn’t any worse than necessary.
If you find that the mosquitoes have taken over your yard, Lucas Tree Experts offers complete programs for both mosquito control and tick control around your home and business.
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