Five Dallas Mosquito Prevention Tips and Tactics
Labor Day marks the official end of summer across the nation. While here in Dallas, the weather will continue to be gorgeous and warm for months to come, most of us take the time to pay homage to the summer season with a Labor Day weekend barbecue. While you prepare the menu, mow the lawn, and round up your friends, we urge you to think about the mosquitoes.
Whether you’re sunning by the pool, hitting the lake, or attending a BBQ, you’ll be sure to stay bite free all Labor Day weekend long with our top five Mosquito Prevention tips and tactics.
1. Use Your Screens
Maximize fresh air indoors, but introduce a bug-proof barrier. We advise using fine mesh screens in all open windows and doors. This allows cross-breezes to enter your house, but the screens’ openings are too small for mosquitoes to permeate. Consider screening in your porch as well.
If you’ve got screens already, check the seals around the edges and use a patching kit to repair any tears.
2. Get Rid of Standing Water
Mosquitoes reproduce in water, and they can do it in even the small amount of water that would fit in a bottle cap.
That means it’s imperative to empty outdoor water toys and remove wheelbarrows or other outdoor gear that can catch water after a rainfall. Keep your gutters and drain lines clear of debris—clogged leaves and branches can cause water to pool.
In a mere four days, eggs laid in water mature into nypmths. So if it rains on a Monday, don’t wait until the weekend to get rid of standing water. By then, it’ll be too late.
3. Keep Your Yard Under Control
Use a lawn mower, string trimmer, or even a chain saw to cut back high grass, brush, and tree limbs.
By minimizing any tall grass or limbs that cast shadows on your yard, you make the habitat immediately surrounding your home much less appealing to mosquitoes.
Letting more sun in also helps dry up any wet spots. If your lawn has uneven terrain or divots, fill them with top soil and plant grass seed. Left alone, any dips will collect water during each rainfall and provide a potential breeding ground.
4. Use Fans Even Outdoors
Using a fan makes it harder for mosquitoes to fly against the air current, it also helps disperse carbon dioxide emitted by humans. That secondary benefit’s a good one, since mosquitoes detect the compound in the air we exhale, which guides them when they’re looking to feed.
5. Keep Covered and Use Repellent
To guard against bites, wear long sleeves, use an effective insect repellent and avoid going outside at prime feeding times—dawn and dusk. These safeguards can minimize your exposure, cutting your risk of mosquito-transmitted illness so you can enjoy the outdoors with more peace of mind.
KNOW WHEN TO CALL FOR BACKUP.
It’s great to minimize your home’s draw for mosquitoes, but preventing mosquitoes also means knowing when to call in the experts. Pest management professionals are trained to know where mosquitoes are hiding, and the best method to control their population. Call today for your free pest evaluation and take the mosquitoes out of the equation. But don’t wait! Labor Day is only a week away and our schedule is filling up fast!