While summer may be far off, it is never too early to start prepping your home for mosquito season. While mosquitoes are a common nuisance, they can also carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to prepare your home for mosquito season. Let us explore some of them.
Eliminate Standing Water
Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so it is important to eliminate any sources of standing water around your home. This includes checking for puddles that form after rainstorms and dumping out any kiddie pools or outdoor planters that may be collecting water. You should also inspect your gutters and downspouts for clogs; if these become clogged with leaves or debris, they can lead to standing pools of water that attract mosquitoes.
Use Insect Repellents
Insect repellents are an effective way to keep mosquitoes away from your home and family. When using insect repellents, be sure to apply them properly according to the package instructions. Some repellents may need to be reapplied throughout the day depending on how much time you are spending outdoors. Additionally, read the labels carefully when selecting an insect repellent. Certain types of repellent contain ingredients such as DEET or picaridin that will help repel mosquitoes more effectively than others.
Install Screens & Nets
Install window screens and door nets in all windows and doors leading into your home. This will help prevent mosquitoes from entering inside while still allowing natural ventilation into the space. Be sure all screens fit securely in their frames and replace any worn or torn screens immediately. You may also want to consider installing a chimney cap or mesh netting over outdoor sitting areas or decks; this will help keep mosquitoes from congregating around these areas during peak hours of activity (usually dusk through dawn).
Schedule Mosquito Treatment
Making sure you have regular pest control treatments can also help. At A-1 Able Pest Doctors, we are an experienced pest control company with exterminators who are ready to help. Our treatments use IPM, which focus on prevention and elimination. They are tough on pests but easy on the environment and people in them. We are a top pest control company ready to help.
Prepping for mosquito season does not have to be complicated or expensive! By taking a few simple precautions like eliminating standing water sources, using insect repellents, and installing screens & nets around windows and doors, you can reduce the chances of a mosquito infestation in your home this summer. With these tips in mind, you can better prepare your home for mosquito season. If you want to take it step further, you can call A-1 Able Pest Doctors. We specialize in residential mosquito pest control and commercial pest control services throughout the Miami Valley. Call us today to set up your initial mosquito treatment and to discuss ongoing treatments as well.