Northeast Ohio has been hit with an abundance of rain lately and it does not look like it is going to let up anytime soon. That plus the fact that the official start of summer is right around the corner can only mean one thing… MOSQUITOES!
Anyone growing up around here knows that the sweet smell of spring is quickly masked by the bug spray filled evenings of summer. Although it is important to always protect yourself with insect repellent, there are other ways you can avoid that mosquito infested backyard. Below are a few tips provided by our friends at PPMA:
- Eliminate areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects. Mosquitoes need only about a ½ inch of water to breed.
- Screen all windows and doors. Repair even the smallest tear or hole.
- Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. If you must be outside during those times, consider staying inside a screened-in porch or dressing in clothing that leaves very little exposed skin.
- Avoid wearing dark colors, loose-fitting garments, and open-toe shoes.
- Always use an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors or traveling, especially in areas known to have increased mosquito populations.
If you are concerned about mosquito activity in your area, Epcon Lane also offers a Mosquito Prevention Program to help keep them out of your yard. We have a monthly program, a one time, or even a build your own. The program entails a fogging of tree lines, bushes, breeding areas and standing water.
Have a special event coming up? Mention this blog and your initial fee will be waved!