When the change of seasons comes around, hot weather is often accompanied by storms, heavy rain and standing water. This is the perfect recipe for countless mosquitoes to come our way.
Mosquitoes can produce truly troublesome itchiness on our bodies, but what’s even more important than keeping this kind of nuisance at bay is protecting ourselves against the potentially harmful diseases that mosquitoes carry and that they can transmit to us.
The West Nile virus has been well known to humans as a potentially threatening illness carried by mosquitoes. Most recently, Zika has come into the mix, making our need to protect ourselves from mosquitoes far more critical.
Depending on where you live in the United States, you may be expecting an intense mosquito season this year. A humid and wet springtime is the perfect recipe for a mosquito-heavy summer, and a summer with continued moisture and humidity will only catapult that mosquito-heavy situation into a more extreme one.
Repellents and citronella candles are commonplace and helpful to ward off mosquitoes, but more intense tactics can often be necessary to truly protect you and your family.
Protecting yourself from mosquitoes around the house and around your property is important for you and your family’s health. It is also important for your ability to enjoy the wonderful weather of the spring, summer and early fall without having to worry about inconvenient itchiness and the presence of pests.
Mosquito-proof your property
Diligent homeownership is key to keeping mosquitoes at bay:
- Identify standing water: Mosquitoes love moisture, so being aware of any areas where standing water could collect around your property is critical—as soon as there is standing water, there will be mosquitoes. Standing water is where mosquitoes breed, so you will have to rid your home of these potential spots.
- Prevent and remove standing water: Take necessary precautions to keep areas at your home free of potential for standing water. Items regularly found outside homes that are hot spots for standing water include toys, bird baths, or even just chairs and other patio accessories that have enough depth to hold water.
- Continue maintenance: It’s one thing to prepare for the mosquito season by removing standing water from your home’s outdoor spaces; it’s another to follow-through with this effort regularly. Being actively aware of heat and moisture on your property itself is a helpful preventative tactic.
Avoiding those areas during particularly hot and humid weather can be a good preventative measure, in addition to regularly checking for new areas where standing water may collect. Or, if you know you are going to be in a particularly moist area, remembering appropriate clothing and repellent is key.
Mosquitoes are subtle and small. We’ve all experienced a mosquito bite that seems to come out of nowhere. Preparing your home for the summer to avoid unwanted bites, or worse – transmission of mosquito-borne illnesses – is a critical and easy step to prepare for mosquitoes this summer.
In addition to regular diligence, homeowners can also take their prevention a step further by implementing Smithereen’s Mosquito Guard Program.
The Mosquito Guard Program from Smithereen
When looking to take your mosquito defense plan a step further, Smithereen can offer you thorough prevention that considers a deep analysis of your property. Our Mosquito Guard Program includes thorough inspection and treatment.
This includes analyzing areas that may serve as a breeding spot for mosquitoes in addition to treatment of shrubbery and standing water to keep mosquito breeding and infestation at bay.
Our in-depth look at your property allows us to provide a detailed response to your mosquito problem. Contact Smithereen today for more information, and be sure to read about our mosquito prevention tips!