Mosquitoes can take all the fun out of outdoor activities leaving everyone annoyed and itchy. Backyard pest control is not hard if you understand a few basic steps to reduce mosquito growth. From yard care and organization to insecticides, here are a few simple things you can do to prevent mosquitoes from ruining your outdoor fun.
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Common mosquitoes found around your home prefer to lay their eggs in and around standing water. Take a good look around your yard where stagnant, still water may be found. Typical places may be bird baths, flower pots, gutters, ornamental fountains, pet water dishes, pool covers, puddles, rain barrels, shallow ponds, water gardens, or any yard debris that may easily collect water. If you can, empty or remove these items from your backyard. If you cannot remove the items, you may want to research a larvicide that will reduce the chances of mosquito larvae growing into adulthood in your backyard.
Larvicide and Pesticides
Choose a larvicide that will best fit your backyard and the habitat of creatures you want to keep happy and healthy. Additionally you will need and applicator to spray these chemicals. Depending on the size of your yard you can choose between various sprayers and backpack foggers to apply your chosen pesticide. Follow the instructions on the back of the mosquito insecticide to properly prepare the solution for spraying.
With your chosen sprayer or fogger, you will want to completely cover the trees, grass, shrubs, and other foliage around your backyard – making sure to treat the areas where you would like to provide the most pest control relief. Mosquitoes can typically be found on the underside of leaves during the heat of the day, so throughout this routine you will want to coat both the top and bottom sides of the leaves for the best coverage. Next apply your pesticides to the gutters and overhangs of your property to help reduce the impact of mosquitoes.
Creating a routine to reapply mosquito pesticides will ensure that your efforts are not lost during mosquito season. Spraying treatments every 30 days during peak mosquito season is a great way to keep pests away.
We hope these steps gave you a better understanding of how you can prevent mosquito outbreaks in your backyard. Take these tips to help you spray today and enjoy tomorrow.
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