Mosquitoes like to breed in stagnate water. They’re not picky about the container. In fact, they’re quite creative. Mosquitoes will breed in:
- Bird baths
- Open cans, bottles, plastic containers
- Flower pot bases
- Trash cans and recycle bins
- Tree hollows
- Ditches, holes, and trenches
- Pools, kiddie pools, oversized lids turned upside down (like sandbox covers)
To discourage breeding, the best course of action is preventative maintenance.
- Clear away all trash. Not only is this a sound preventive measure against many pests, it also makes your home look nice.
- Fill holes that shouldn’t be there. Holes in the ground, holes in the trees—fill them all.
- Drill holes in the bottom of things. Put a small outlet for water in the bottom of your tire swings, recycle bins, and any outdoor uncovered box.
- If you have a swimming pool, regular use and maintenance is probably enough to keep the mosquitoes away, especially when your chlorinate your water. For kiddie pools and birdbaths, change the water weekly.
Given the many types of mosquito’s, it’s difficult to give a one-size-fits-all recipe for prevention. However, for many species these tips will greatly reduce your home’s breeding ground potential.
If you find that mosquitoes are still a problem, call Epcon Lane for advanced pest control assistance.
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