With days and days of temperatures in the 90s, mosquitoes are worse than ever. Since outdoors is our ‘safer haven’ right now in our new Covid-Nation, it’s pretty darn difficult to avoid a Summer that bites. It’s Mosquito Time my friends. Time to get prepared.
Control mosquitoes inside your home
No one likes having a mosquito flying inside their house, buzzing in your ear while you’re trying to sleep. Luckily, there are easy steps you and your family can take to keep mosquitoes out and to get rid of the ones that do get in. First, keep mosquitoes from getting in by making sure you have screens installed on your windows and doors, and fix any holes in them. Although a summer breeze is nice, keeping windows and doors shut and using air conditioning when possible will help keep mosquitoes out.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs near water. Those that get into your home will look for vases or flower pot saucers with water to lay their eggs on. To eliminate these areas and prevent eggs from hatching, once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, or throw out any items that hold water.
Control mosquitoes outside your home
Summer is the time for backyard barbeques and fun, but that can quickly be interrupted if your yard is full of mosquitoes. There are a few things you can do to reduce mosquitoes in your yard and make time outdoors more enjoyable.
Areas with standing water around your yard are perfect places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Once a week, you should empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, or trash containers. Water storage containers should be tightly covered and for those without lids, wire mesh with small holes than an adult mosquito can’t fit through. If your home has a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps and cover open vent or plumbing pipes with wire mesh that has holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
Prevent mosquito bites
In addition to controlling mosquitoes in and around your home, you should also protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. Apply insect repellents according to label instructions. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant women. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants will also help prevent bites.
Here’s hoping that you have a wonderful summer regardless of mosquito time and if you need and that you’ll CONTACT Holistic Pest Solutions if you want to learn more about our treatment plans for pests or give us a call at 434 842 1700. Whether you’re in Charlottesville, Waynesboro, or close by to either, Holistic Pest Solutions has the perfect plan for you! Our treatments are mindful of our clients, and our Earth.
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