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get ahead of mosquitoes
We know what you’re thinking – why now? This article was written at the end of February, so the ground hasn’t exactly thawed out yet. That said, there are a number of precautions you can take now to minimize the mosquito season when it hits this summer. Like anything, it’s easier to keep up a good habit than it is to start anew. So if you can begin today, you’ll be prepared before bug season arrives at your doorstep. You’ll be happy you did.
Making a habit of it once you’ve gotten the ball rolling will be easy.
Here’s a simple fact to get you motivated – when you get bit by a mosquito near your house, the likelihood that the mosquito hatched on your property is high. In a way, you are responsible for the bite.
Where do mosquitoes hatch? In standing water. The first step for preventing mosquitoes, then, is preventing the build up of water. In the winter and early spring, if there is a place with standing water, it’s likely frozen. Look for places ice has built up, and if it’s something you can flip upside down to eliminate the continuation of standing water as it melts, do so.
Attack your ice dams
If you’ve been battling ice dams and the build up they lead to, you’ve probably already got gutters on the brain. This is just as well, because unclogged gutters from autumn can lead to water build up in the spring and summer months. As soon as it’s safe enough to do so, see if you can clear your gutters. Just as they protect your home from moisture, so you should protect them from water buildup.
Keep this in mind – it only takes an inch of water for mosquitoes to hatch. If you’re unprepared as things start to melt, you will likely forget about the problem until it’s too late.
While you’re at it…trim the foliage around your property.
This goes hand in hand with clearing your gutter space. Although it’s an uncommon practice, trimming your hedge in the winter and early spring is actually far easier than trimming it in the summer months when things have begun to grow out of control. If you start now, you’ll have an edge on the mosquito season.
Why do we do this? Because trimming the foliage on your property lets sunlight in, which means your ability to dry out wet areas increases ten fold.
Mosquitoes require humidity to thrive – keeping things healthy and dry eliminates their foothold.
get mosquito control
Later winter and early spring are excellent times to preemptively schedule mosquito control. Get to it now before it’s too late. While you may not yet be ready for us to come out to your property and prepare, we’d be happy to discuss the process with you over the phone. As noted above, mosquitoes hatch and develop near your home. If you’re going to get ahead of the problem, now is the time to do so.
Our mosquito control program starts with an inspection of the property, followed by source reduction (if needed) and product application. We work to reduce the mosquito issues through treating areas where mosquitos live and breed. This could be as simple as cleaning the gutters to remove standing water. Whatever the case may be, we will work with you to reduce the annoying mosquito and restore the outside enjoyment you and your family are desiring. Mosquito/Tick control is dependent on the size and difficulty of the property. Mosquito/Tick control services start at $60.
What should I do next?
Give us a call at (269) 424-3458. We’d be happy to walk you through both the removal AND prevention process. Once we’ve eliminated the pest problem, you’ll want to make sure you eliminate any of the standing water around your property that brought them there in the first place.
As noted above, this includes anything that can retain moisture over time – artificial or natural. Whether it’s a container or foliage, you need to make sure it has the opportunity to dry.
We’re here to assist! Give us a call at (269) 424-3458!