It’s that time of the year again, spring cleaning! As daunting a chore spring cleaning may seem, it is absolutely essential to prepare your yard for mosquito season. In fact, a thorough spring cleaning is your ticket to keeping mosquitoes and other bugs away from your house this summer. Let’s dives into what spring cleaning you can do now to save your summer from mosquitoes.
Scout Out Entry Points
Cracks, gaps, screens and other vulnerable areas are opportunities for pests to welcome themselves into your home. Make sure that any entry points are properly secured around the house to prevent unwanted insect guests.
Protect the Perimeter
An essential part of preparing your yard for mosquito season should be to collect any old leaves in your yard that may have accumulated around the sides of your house. Leaves and weeds can trap moisture which invites mosquitoes and other pests. When preparing your landscaping for the summer, try to keep wood, mulch and flowers slightly away from the perimeter to prevent pests.
Tackle Standing Water
Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and the homeowner’s number one target to tackle first during spring cleaning. Mosquitoes lay eggs on the surface of standing water, and only need a quarter of an inch to do so. To prevent breeding, remove or turn all containers upside down. For containers that constantly have water, such as bird baths, clean and refresh the water at least once a week. Tackle ponds by installing an aeration pump, fountain or water bubbler to keep the water circulating continuously and prevent the chance for mosquito larvae to mature.
Switch to Yellow Bug Lights
When preparing your outside space for the summer, choose opaque yellow bug lights to lessen the number of mosquito swarms. Yellow bug lights transmit different wavelengths that are less visible to insects. Therefore, fewer mosquitoes and bugs are attracted to your space, setting the stage for many relaxing summer nights outside.