Now that kids are out of school and they will be playing in the yard longer, it’s important to keep them safe from biting and stinging insects. This week is Mosquito Control Awareness Week. With over 176 species of mosquitoes out and looking for their next blood meal, learning how to reduce the mosquito population in your yard is highly significant.
For all homeowners here in Victoria, TX, the easiest way to ensure your yard is not a breeding ground for mosquitoes is to simply walk around within it. Keep an eye out for areas where water is pooling or could pool. Check for items that could trap rainwater and allow for hundreds, if not thousands, of mosquitoes to breed. Remember, the Asian Tiger Mosquito maintains an area of activity ranging at roughly 300 meters. This means that after hatching, these potentially disease carrying, day biting, extremely aggressive and invasive mosquitoes will be swarming your yard.
As always, we recommend putting the “7 T’s” into practice. The “7 T’s” are as follows:
- TIP. A bottle cap filled with water holds enough water for mosquitoes to breed. Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, the elimination of standing water decreases a mosquito’s breeding ground. Squad technicians report that yards with bird baths, play sets with tire swings, tree houses, portable fireplaces and pits and catch basins are the biggest offenders. Have a tire swing? Cameron’s hack is to drill holes in the bottom of the tire to empty water or even replace the tire with a wooden or plastic swing.
- TOSS. The Squad technicians see a lot of yard waste, so remember to TOSS that yard trash, bag up those clippings and leaves and make sure firewood is stacked neatly. Cameron suggests building or installing a firewood holder to be sure that your firewood pile doesn’t trap water.
- TURN. Walk the yard every few days and turn over items that could hold water and trash. Look for children’s portable sandboxes, slides or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts; in plant saucers, empty pots, light fixtures and dog water bowls.
- REMOVE TARPS. Many homeowners have tarps, or covers, on items residing in their outdoor spaces. If not stretched taut, they are holding water. Check tarps over firewood piles, portable fire places, recycling cans, boats, sports equipment and grills. Advice from Cameron: use bungee cords to keep tarps tight.
- TAKE CARE. Home maintenance can be a deciding factor in property values and mosquito bites. Regularly clean out gutters and make sure the downspout is attached properly. Re-grade areas where water stands more than a few hours, and make sure that all fallen branches and hollow trees or logs are removed from the property. Check irrigation systems to ensure that they aren’t leaking and causing a breeding haven. Keep lawn height low and weed areas.
- TEAM UP. Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito, and tick, control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.
- TREAT. Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body.
To find out how you can protect yourself, your family, and your pets from potentially disease carrying mosquitoes all summer long, give Mosquito Squad of Victoria a call today at (361) 894 – 8642, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website. We look forward to helping you take your yard back!