Preventing Mosquito Infestations

by Anza Goodbar
(last updated February 17, 2012)

Preventing mosquito infestations is complex and difficult. The main thing that needs to be focused on is eliminating larvae before they mature into adult insects. It needs to be a collective effort and perhaps additional help needs to be enlisted from your local municipality.

The first line of defense is eliminating standing water. Here are some places to start.

  • Rain gutters. Clean out rain gutters regularly. Leaves and debris can hold moisture from rain and snow and make a great breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Standing water. Eliminate standing water in places like flat roofs, air conditioning units, and leaky pipes and faucets. It takes extra work to keep these areas clear of standing water, but it will pay off by reducing breeding sites.
  • Bird baths and wading pools. Do not allow water in bird baths or wading pools to stand for more than a week. Change the water regularly to keep it fresh and prevent a breeding ground.
  • Watering the lawn. Keep a schedule that waters smaller amounts more often. Leaving standing water to pool is just inviting mosquitoes to gather.
  • Seepage. Eliminate seepage from cisterns, cesspools and septic tanks. Keeping these areas water free will also cut down on the fly population.
  • Screens. Use screens on doors and windows to create a barrier to keep mosquitoes doors. If you have a chimney, use a screen in the spring and summer months to keep the mosquitoes out.
  • Caulk. Use caulking to fill in cracks and crevices that are big enough for insects to enter. This will also help protect your home from ants.
  • Trash cans. Mosquitoes are attracted to trash, so empty trash cans frequently and keep trash receptacles covered.
  • Humidity. Mosquitoes thrive in humid environments. If you live in a humid area, consider using a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity level in the house.
  • Repellents. Citronella and lemon-eucalyptus oil are natural repellents for mosquitoes. Burn a candle or hang an oil-saturated towel near window to keep mosquitoes away.
  • Traps. If mosquitoes are heavy in your area, considering purchasing mosquito traps. These devices emit light and a scent that attract mosquitoes into the trap. Place them away from the house to draw them away.

There are many small things that can be done to keep your area mosquito free. Take notice of all of the standing water in your area and do your best to eliminate it, this will have the most significant effect on reducing the number of mosquitoes in your area.

Author Bio

Anza Goodbar

Anza is a single mother of four who makes her home in Colorado. She enjoys writing, hiking and is an avid football and hockey fan. She is the owner of a virtual business services company; writing is just one of the many services her company offers. ...

MORE FROM ANZA

Creating Your Own Retirement Plan

Retirement years should be filled with fun and relaxation, a reward for years of working hard. Many don't plan adequately ...

Discover More

Lowering Your Mortgage Rate

There are several reasons to lower your mortgage rate. Before signing on the dotted line, be sure that the fees justify ...

Discover More

Tomato Bacon Squares

Appetizers are a handy treat around the holidays. Tomato bacon bites are easy and transport well to covered-dish meals.

Discover More

Zap Flying Bugs! Simply press the button and swing. Once the fly, wasp, mosquito, or bug touches the screen it is instantly zapped! Simple to use and totally effective. No cords to tangle; uses only two AA batteries. Check out Executioner Flying Bug Swatter today!

More Pest Tips

Where is the Japanese Beetle Located?

In the United Sates, the destructive Japanese beetle has proliferated all of the states east of the Mississippi River, ...

Discover More

Getting Rid of Termites

Getting rid of termites is so important that if termites show up in a home inspection, it can potentially threaten the ...

Discover More

Ridding Your Home of Termites

Termites look like little white ants. Don't be fooled, they can cause enough damage to make a house unlivable.

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is seven minus 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)