Now that you know what to do when you leave the house or go outdoors, let’s review what you can do to make sure where you live is bite free. Inside and outside your home, there are several things you can do.
Remove standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs.
– Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water. The list can include tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flower pot saucers, or trash containers. Mosquitoes lay eggs in and near water.
– Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.
– For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
– Use larvicides to treat large containers of water that will not be used for drinking and cannot be covered or dumped out.
– If you have a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps. Cover open vent or plumbing pipes. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
If you haven’t picked up on it yet, water is a big attraction for mosquitoes. More than that, it is what gives them life. Your goal? Get rid of all standing water.
Mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a teaspoon of water and can develop in any water that stands for more than 5 days.
Kill mosquitoes outside your home.
– Use an outdoor insect spray made to kill mosquitoes in areas where they rest. – Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid areas like under patio furniture, or under the carport or garage.
– When using insecticides, always follow label instructions.
Keep mosquitoes out of your home.
– Install or repair window and door screens.
– Use window and door screens; do not leave doors propped open.
– Use air conditioning when possible.
Kill mosquitoes inside your home.
Despite your best efforts, mosquitoes can get into your home. Here are some tips to fighting the bite should they make it past the screens and doors.
– Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid places like under the sink, in closets, under furniture, or in the laundry room.
– Mosquitoes can be surprisingly difficult to identify and often confused with the crane fly (seen below). The crane fly is attracted by light and comes indoors, leading folks to think it’s time to grab the fogger and rid their home of mosquitoes.
– If you do suspect mosquitoes have invaded your home, we recommend you seek the assistance of a professional and call a licensed pest control agency.