During warmer months, the war against mosquitoes can be a continuous front that needs both professional and preventative measures to combat. Some local municipalities provide mosquito control services throughout the year, though some others may not, but even with control methodologies preventative measures can help reduce the discomforts and dangers associated with these airborne pests. So if you aren't familiar with preventative measures against mosquitoes, you need to know what they are and why you need to play a part in reducing the populations.
Why Prevention Matters
There are thousands of different types of mosquitoes in the world, and at any given time during warmer seasons you're likely to encounter a dozen different types in your own backyard. Though mosquitoes come in many forms, you can bet that any type you encounter around your home will have come from a water source.
Water is the breeding ground of mosquitoes, and it's where the adult, bloodsucking females come to lay their eggs. If you're outdoors and are being bitten repeatedly by these females, you need to investigate your immediate surroundings and eliminate any standing water you find. Standing water is a source for egg-laying, and it can be found in inconspicuous places, like bromeliads, plant debris, trash can lids, even puddles that form on patio covers or outdoor furniture. So start by preventing new generations from hatching by targeting water as the primary means of source reduction.
If you live near areas where standing water is a constant threat on the ground, consider hiring a professional to assess your situation, especially if local municipalities don't provide mosquito control services. Both bacterial sprays, which include a natural source of food for larvae that is toxic to them instead of pets and humans, and oil films can be applied to standing water sources to starve growing mosquitoes before they reach maturity. These bacterial and oil applications are safer around your home than chemical applications that target adult populations.
In order to protect your home from adult infestation and egg-laying indoors, you should make an effort to use screens on doors and windows, fix ones that are in disrepair, and caulk areas around entrance points that are exposed to the elements. Making an effort to remove standing water in indoor plants and around kitchen and bath areas can also help to reduce breeding inside for mosquitoes that have hitched a ride on you when you come and go.
Preventative measures tend to eliminate a source of future mosquito outbreaks, but beyond chemical sprays and insect repellent, you can also take preventative measures against adults as well. Consider limiting your time outside during early morning, late afternoon, and nighttime hours to reduce exposure to flying females that feed on blood to reproduce. When you are outside, cover yourself as much as possible and consider either natural or synthetic sprays that will keep bugs away. Click here for more information on pest control.