Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water–all sorts of water. But they prefer quiet, non-flowing sources of water because it is more conducive to the development of their eggs. If you have marsh land around your home, you’re going to have a ton of mosquitoes. There isn’t much that can be done about that. But if you are like most people, the water sources on your property can be controlled. Here are a few ideas.
If you have broken or obstructed gutters, you could be inviting mosquitoes to breed on your property. Wet, leafy obstructions offer a stagnant zone for mosquitoes to lay eggs that will thrive. Clogged gutters also allow water to run down the sides of your home and create puddles of non-moving water. It is important to get those gutters fixed so that water can be channeled away from your home.
If you have areas on your lawn where water collects after it rains, it is important to fill these areas in. If you aren’t able to do it immediately, use a pump to siphon water out and allow those areas to dry. Sometimes it may help to remove a tree from your yard to allow more sun to dry the ground.
If you have an old tire, a discarded toy or other objects that allow water to collect, you should consider stowing them away. Even a small pool of water can allow mosquitoes to reproduce. Bird baths, fish pools or other objects that cannot be removed should be stirred regularly to keep water from stagnating.
Sunken areas in your driveway can collect water suitable for mosquito reproduction. Use a push broom to spread the water out after it rains. This will allow those areas to dry faster.
Street Curb Drainage
Sometimes you’ll have stagnating water on or near your home that comes from a source outside of your property, like street curb drainage. If you are unable to deal with these spots on your own, contact your local municipality and tell them that you believe these areas are breeding sites for mosquitoes and see if they will work with you to fix the problem.
With proper management of water on your property, you can reduce the misery and threat mosquitoes pose. Stay vigilant. And, stay dry.
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