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Summer has arrived, and your family enjoys spending evenings in the backyard. Mosquito bites, however, aren’t fun, and their bites can lead to diseases, such as
- West Nile
Over the past 20 years or so, there has been an uptick in mosquito-borne diseases. Don’t let your family members and pets fall victim to one of these diseases.
In this article, you’ll learn what you can do to reduce the mosquito population on your property; how you can protect your family and pets when they go outside; and why you should consider professional mosquito control.
Get Rid of Mosquito Habitats
As you probably know, female mosquitoes lay their eggs in water. And they can lay up to 200 eggs at one time.
So you need to make sure that you get rid of all standing water that can be potential mosquito breeding grounds.
Here are 10 potential mosquito breeding habitats that you can get rid of on your Georgia property:
- Get rid of piles of leaves
- Shake out tarps after a rain event
- Pick up all kids’ toys, pet dishes and debris
- Get rid of tires. If you have a tire swing, put a hole in the bottom of it so rainwater can drain out.
- Regularly change the water in wading pools and birdbaths.
- Cover up sandboxes and empty any standing water on covers.
- Make sure all of your water features have filters in them to keep the water moving. Mosquitoes only lay their eggs on still water.
- Regularly clean out your roof gutters.
- Repair outdoor faucets so there is no leaking water.
- Realize that a female mosquito can lay her eggs in a tiny amount of water, such as a water bottle cap.
Protect Your Family and Pets While They’re Outside
When it’s time to head outside to play, add an extra layer of protection to your kids and pets:
- Have them wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
- Apply Deet, Picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil
- Stay inside at dawn and dusk—when mosquitoes are the most active
- Apply mosquito control formulated for your pet—don’t use human insect repellent on your dog or cat. Remember, mosquitoes carry heartworm disease that can be fatal to dogs.
Add a Third Layer of Protection
You can add a third layer of protection from mosquito bites when you hire a lawn care company to apply mosquito control on your property. Professional grade mosquito control is designed to kill mosquitoes all stages of their lifespan:
When your lawn care specialist comes to your home, she’ll apply mosquito control to
- Low hanging tree branches
- Under your deck
- Around the perimeter of your property.
Don’t put your family at risk for mosquito bites this summer. Instead, take preventative steps to keep mosquitoes from laying their eggs by following the above tips.
You can learn more ways to protect your family from mosquito bites at the American Mosquito Control Association.
American Mosquito Control Association, “AMCA’s Mosquito Prevention,” Fact Sheet.
White, Tiffany, “How to Protect Your Dog from Mosquito Bites,”