Nothing says spring like rain showers and blooming flowers... and the pesky emergence of mosquitoes this time of year. This is exactly why this is a good time to treat and squash potential mosquito populations. Spring can bring a lot of rain, giving these insects an early start laying their larvae. Here are five tips to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home.
Remove or reduce any standing or stagnate water at least once a week
Clean up or drain all puddles, birdbaths, ponds and swimming pools around the outside of your home. They make for great breeding grounds for mosquito populations. These insects go through four live stages: eggs, larvae, pupae and adults. The best prevention control methods eliminate both larval and adult populations. Stamping out the presence of larvae early on can help control their numbers later. A mosquito can breed in less than a 1/4 cup of water, which is why it is difficult to control their population growth.
Try natural mosquito repellents first
Consider planting mosquito-repelling plants around your home before you reach for chemical sprays or call insecticide companies. Citronella, horsemint, marigolds, ageratum and catnip are five repellent plants that are easy to grow. Neem oil is also a great alternative to man-made chemical sprays. This natural oil pesticide is an effective method that only harms insects.
Remove decaying vegetation or trash
Adult mosquitoes rest during the day, tend to sit on tall weeds and thick vegetation and are attracted to garbage and debris. You can prevent your home from becoming a mosquito magnet by cleaning up and removing any trash that may be lying around the outside of your house.
Cover water tanks
You should cover any kind of outside water basin collectors because access to rainwater tanks provides mosquitoes with the perfect breeding environment. Ensure that any inlet or overflow points are tightly fitted with lids or insect-proof screens. To prevent further breeding and contamination, make sure guttering and pipework is self-draining or properly installed with drainage points.
Control prevention treatment costs
Unfortunately, treatment prevention is not an exact science, and frequency of treatment can vary considering what type of larvicide or chemical spray is used. Some larvicides last anywhere from 21 to 30 days depending upon humidity, surfaces treated, temperature and treatment methods.
Homeowner costs in hiring an insect control service can range anywhere from $100 to $700, but on average they should only be $290 to $415. The exact cost will depend on the severity of the infestation.
Mosquitoes can pose a real health threat to humans, so it's important to eliminate them. If you're having trouble controlling the mosquito population around your Atlanta home, it's time to contact a professional landscaper for assistance in your yard.