Summer is approaching. There are two certainties in a Florida summer: heat and mosquitoes. We all know what nuisances those pesky little bugs are. Did you know mosquitoes may also be a health risk as they can carry transmittable diseases such as the Zika virus? This article will discuss how to remove mosquitoes from your home. Be careful, though. Mosquito removal may cause a swarm of family and friends to flock to your itch-free house searching for mosquito relief! Unfortunately, we have no tips on family and friend removal. Let’s deal with one parasite at a time. Here are some do-it-yourself pest control tips.
Step 1: Mosquito-Proof Your Yard
Chances are if you have mosquitoes in your house and or yard, there are elements outside your house that suit these pesky pests. Be sure to address the following issues that may be drawing mosquitoes to your property.
Remove Any Standing Water
The first step is to remove any standing water from your yard. Mosquitoes are drawn to standing water, and they lay their eggs in it. You may want to consider bringing your potted plants inside your house, as when outside, they tend to collect rainwater. If you own a pool, no need to worry, the chlorine and pool chemicals are a mosquito deterrent.
Remove Any Plants and Trees That May Be Attracting Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes tend to rest in dark, humid areas. Tall trees, grass, and plants provide them with the perfect cover from the harsh summer sun. You may want to consult a certified arborist and consider removing large or dead trees that may be drawing in unwanted visitors.
Sometimes tree removal is not necessary, and you may only need tree pruning services. For those searching for tree trimming in the Boca Raton area, feel free to contact our South Florida certified arborists for a consultation.
Consider Installing Mosquito Repellent Lawn Items
For further mosquito protection, you may want to consider installing citronella torches, which both light your yard and emit a scent that deters mosquitoes from approaching your property. Some more extreme precautions you may wish to take are mosquito zappers, chemical treatment for your lawn, and outdoor fans that can disperse mosquitoes.
Step 2: Mosquito-Proof Your Home
Once you’ve made your yard mosquito-proof, you should see a noticeable drop in mosquitoes in your home. If you find that mosquitoes are still finding their way inside, you may take a few additional steps. You may need to repair window screens and inspect door and window frames for air seepage. Examine any dark, humid areas in your home, as this may be an area where mosquitoes loom, and consider purchasing EPA-registered indoor insect repellents.
Reclaim Your Home
Controlling mosquitoes in your home and yard in the heat of a Florida summer is no easy task. If the do-it-yourself mosquito removal tactics discussed above fail to remediate your mosquito issue, consider consulting with our certified arborists who specialize in insect and tree disease management.