Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance for us and our family, but also potential carriers of several diseases such as Zika virus, Malaria, Dengue, and West Nile virus. A female mosquito can lay 3000 eggs in her entire 2 weeks lifetime. That’s why it is better to avoid mosquitoes breeding around your area than to take measures after they populate your house.
Mosquitoes can come anywhere! But usually, their most favourite area in our home is our backyard, as it has various features that are suitable for the mosquitoes to create their nursery. That is why it is necessary to know mosquito control measures for the backyard.
Here are a few simple steps you can follow to control the mosquito population in your backyard-
Standing water usually has low oxygen levels that are suitable for mosquitoes to breed. Find out wherever you have still water in your backyard and remove it as soon as possible. The places that usually contain long-standing water are landscape ponds, puddles, clogged gutters, uncovered rainwater collection tubs, birdbaths, plant bowls, wheelbarrows kept upside down, etc. Do a routine check of your backyard to see there is no stationary collection of water anywhere for mosquito control.
Fogging or spraying certain key areas of your backyard may help you in keeping the mosquitoes away from your family. Chemicals such as pyrethroid and cyfluthrin are used in mosquito fogging, they are dangerous for humans too in case of direct inhalation, hence, we would recommend you avail a professional mosquito spraying service to do this task. Key areas of your backyard that may require occasional fogging are shrubs or long grasses, patio or playsets, and shaded areas.
Thick shrubs and tall grasses in your backyard are the resting places of the mosquitoes. Mosquitoes breed in still water, but they spend their time hiding and resting in these tall grasses. Therefore, it is advisable to keep the vegetation in your backyard properly trimmed with grasses less than 5 inches in length to avoid the mosquitoes assembling there.
Proper maintenance of your backyard in terms of cleanliness is very important to keep the mosquitoes away. If your backyard is full of litter everywhere, any of it may collect water in it which would become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Schedule an occasional pick-up of all litter from your backyard so that it is free from dirty water. Do away with all the junk and garbage in your backyard that can attract mosquitoes.
In case you have a pool or patio in your backyard and you cannot prevent mosquitoes from breeding in it, you can use mosquito killers such as zappers or magnets that will help you to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your area. The mosquito magnets kill the mosquitoes by attracting them with CO2 and then trapping them inside until they die. The mosquito zappers, on the other hand, kill them by electrifying them as soon as they come into contact.
These simple measures can make your backyard a mosquito-free zone. Your children and you can spend some quality time in your backyard without being disturbed by the mosquitoes.