Mosquitoes are creatures whose size belies their power. Tiny but mighty, these blood-sucking insects spread so many diseases that they are considered to be the deadliest animal on earth. Those mosquito bites don’t just itch and annoy—they can also carry serious viruses such as West Nile virus, Chikungunya, Zika virus, and more.
Keeping your family safe from these dangerous pests begins, literally, in your own back yard. Follow these prevention and treatment tips to mosquito-proof your yard:
Preventing Backyard Mosquitoes:
Get rid of standing water.
Pools of water act as a breeding ground for mosquito larvae so remove breeding opportunities by filling in puddles, emptying children’s toys, and storing garden equipment upside down and/or under a cover.
Drain or fill swampy soil.
Any area of soil that collects water after rain can act as an attractive place for mosquitoes to breed.
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Any fish ponds you have on your property should be appropriately treated to prevent mosquito breeding.
Mosquito eating fish.
Stock your pond with koi, guppies, minnow, goldfish and other types of fish that will gobble up mosquito larvae before they have a chance to become adults.
Keep swimming pools and hot tubs cleaned and balanced with the appropriate chemicals to keep mosquitoes at bay.
Use bug light bulbs.
Incandescent bulbs act as an invitation for bugs—instead, choose a yellow-tinted LED light bulb for your porch or other outdoor lighting.
Surrounding your toddler’s outdoor play area or family picnic table with a mosquito net or tent will help to keep critters away from your family.
Avoid over-watering grass.
If your grass gets too wet, puddles can be created that draw in mosquitoes for laying their eggs. Keep an eye on your automatic sprinkler system to be sure it isn’t making the grass too moist.
Keeping air moving helps keep mosquitoes away as they are not willing to fly into a strong wind. In addition, the breeze from a fan keeps the carbon dioxide emissions stirred up in the air, making it more difficult for mosquitoes to find their human prey.
Repelling lanterns and candles.
Temporary options for mosquito control, such as candles and lanterns, may work for a little while but are not at the top of the list for effectiveness.
Options for Mosquito Treatment:
In2Care® Mosquito Traps
An innovative design that attracts the specific type of mosquito that carries many deadly viruses (Aedes), In2Care mosquito traps use environmentally friendly ingredients to kill both adults and their larvae. This type of trap, made from plastic, is installed in your yard and filled with water that contains an odor lure. When mosquitoes enter the trap, they come into contact with a larvicide and fungus, which they then take back to their nests to effectively kill off the rest of the population.
Mosquito traps effectively stop the development of mosquito-borne viruses by kill off larvae inside the trap, larvae in surrounding breeding sites, and exposed mosquitoes. Learn more about In2Care mosquito traps.