No one in Georgia is a stranger to the itchy red bites that mean mosquitoes have invaded. From spring to fall, these pesky insects swarm pools, pester joggers, and ruin perfectly good neighborhood cookouts. And with the threat of Zika virus still lurking, mosquitoes have moved from an annoyance to a real worry for many Northeast Atlanta homeowners. Ready to nix the problem?
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
If you’ve found the source of the problem, pest control is a great way to get rid of mosquitoes. But unlike many common pests, mosquitoes frequently travel up to 2 miles from their breeding grounds in search of tasty morsels. So how can you eliminate a mosquito problem if you’re not near the source?
- Remove stagnant water. Mosquitoes flock to standing water, so the best way to keep mosquitoes away is to remove temptation. Walk around the yard, dumping out water that’s gathered in tire swings, abandoned toys, kiddie pools, and forgotten cups. Even something as small as a bottle cap with standing water will attract mosquitoes. If your yard or garden has low spots that collect water, consider long term solutions like irrigation or a new drainage system.
- Check screens. After all, you don’t want mosquitoes slipping past your defenses. Make sure window screens, door screens, and screened in porches are all in good shape.
- Get gardening. Some plants ward off unwanted insects. Make them part of your landscape, then cut some to make a few mosquito-repelling flower arrangements before your next outdoor party.
- Know your risks. It’s true, some people tempt mosquitoes more than others. What makes a mosquito magnet? Unfortunately, a lot of it is genetics. Women, especially pregnant women, naturally attract more mosquitoes (sorry, ladies). Exercise, dark clothing, and drinking alcohol can also increase your risk of getting nibbled on. Before going outdoors, remember to wear light clothing and spray mosquito repellent to protect yourself.
Have a pest problem? Call Progressive Pest Control to reclaim your life (and your yard).