With colder temperatures rolling in and days getting shorter, mosquitoes are probably the last thing on your mind. However, this time of year is actually one of the most important for preventing mosquitoes long term. By taking a few extra precautions, you can eliminate these pests from your property and lower your chances of an infestation come next summer. Follow these steps to prevent mosquitoes this fall:
Remove All Sources of Stagnant Water
Mosquitoes begin breeding in the early fall by laying eggs in stagnant water. These eggs go dormant in cold weather, which allows them to survive even the harshest of winters. Since most adult mosquitoes die off during the cold season, eliminating their eggs is a great way to prevent infestations from growing or spreading.
To keep mosquitoes from breeding on your property, you’ll want to remove any sources of stagnant water that you can find. These pests only need about an inch of water to reproduce, so you’ll want to be as thorough as possible. Check for standing water in places like:
- Playground equipment
- Old tires or buckets
- Ponds and puddles
- Garbage bins
- Planters or garden tools
- Outdoor furniture
- Grill covers
- Bird baths
- Pet food bowls
Clean Your Gutters and Fix Leaky Plumbing
Overflowing gutters and leaky plumbing can cause serious damage to your home, all while making your property the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. To keep your house in great shape, save money on utilities, and prevent pests, it’s a good idea to address any plumbing issues and dirty gutters as quickly as you can.
Keep Your Landscaping Tidy
From overgrown shrubs to piles of lawn clippings, there are lots of spaces that mosquitoes can hide in a messy yard. Maintaining your space makes it much easier for you to identify areas where these pests may be reproducing. To keep your property tidy, follow these steps:
- Trim back your landscaping
- Regularly rake leaves and debris
- Remove lawn clippings
- Store toys and tools indoors
Get Professional Mosquito Extermination Services
Mosquitoes are considered one of the deadliest insects on the planet for all of the diseases that they are capable of transmitting. Even though they aren’t a huge problem in the fall, now is the time to eliminate these pests and prevent infestations next year. While it can feel overwhelming to mosquito-proof your yard, you don’t have to handle it all alone! At United Pest Solutions, it’s our goal to help you protect your property all year long. Just give us a call to get started!