There are many things that people are afraid of that they do not have to be afraid of. These fears are considered to be irrational and can be treated in many ways. Other fears, however, such as the fear of bears or falling from high distances are completely rational and don’t need to be treated as much as respected and properly viewed. One thing people should respect, not fear, in our area is mosquitoes. These small pests do not seem dangerous but they are actually responsible for about one million deaths worldwide each year. To help you reduce your chances of contracting a dangerous disease from one of these blood-sucking insects, here are five ways to keep them off your Mobile property.
Make Yourself Less Attractive To Mosquitoes
You probably already know this, but mosquitoes need blood to survive. They just don’t need it in the way you might think. Only female mosquitoes gather blood. They do so to provide nutrients for their eggs. To reduce mosquito populations around your property, one thing you should do is make yourself a less attractive option for blood. This is done in a few ways.
- Wear light-colored clothing.
- Avoid going outside during dusk and dawn.
- Avoid high moisture areas such as marshlands and swamps.
- Do your best to keep your body temperature and heart rate low when spending time outdoors.
Eliminate Mosquito Nesting Grounds
Mosquitoes are notoriously bad flyers and need to rest frequently. Around properties, these pests take shelter inside bushes, on tall grass, inside hollow trees, under leaves, and on other vegetation. To reduce nesting sites around your property, keep your grass cut short, eliminate clutter and debris around your property, and trim vegetation regularly.
Address Sources Of Moisture Build Up
Although mosquitoes are land pests that fly around, they need sources of water in order to lay their eggs. More specifically, they need sources of stagnant water. One of the best ways to reduce populations of mosquitoes around your property is to eliminate or manage these sources. Do this by pouring out collected water after rainstorms, making sure your gutters are flowing properly, and changing out the water in ornate pools and birdbaths once every four days. If you have a pond on your property, we recommend stocking it with mosquito fish that will consume mosquito larvae as they are produced.
Install Fans Around Outdoor Lounging Areas
As previously mentioned, mosquitos are terrible flyers. One facet of this is that landing in turbulent conditions for these pests is difficult and sometimes impossible. Although you cannot control how windy it is in your yard, you can affect wind current around covered outdoor lounging areas by installing fans. If done properly, you will create an environment that discourages mosquitoes from biting.
Invest In Professional Mosquito Control
Keeping up with mosquito DIY prevention is not easy and requires constant attention and regular effort. If you would like to keep mosquitoes off your property without having to work at it, we recommend investing in professional mosquito control courtesy of EnSec. Our team of licensed and highly trained technicians has the industrial-grade solutions and active deterrents needed to protect you and your yard from these unwanted blood-feeding pests. If you are planning an outdoor gathering such as a wedding or family reunion, we also offer one-time service visits for outdoor events.
Call us today if you have questions about mosquitoes or you would like to schedule your Mobile property for a service visit. We will make sure you and your loved ones get the protection you need from dangerous mosquitoes.