Make Outside Fun Again

Make Outside Fun Again

by Lee & Hollie Woodham
of Mosquito Joe Northwest DFW

Summer is a time for fun as we get to enjoy our backyards, barbecues, pools and other outdoor entertainment with friends and family. If you’re anything like my family, we spend more time outdoors in the summer than we do indoors. With hotter temperatures, mosquito populations begin to thrive and so do the risks with vector born illnesses from mosquito bites. These articles are intended to be helpful even though somewhat intuitive on how best to minimize mosquito breeding in and around the home. I have included some of this information in a previous article but probably worth repeating as mosquito breeding begins to ramp up.

Mosquitoes must have water to reproduce, even as little as a capful, so diligence and persistence is a must.
Clear standing water from the premises. Ensure sprinkler systems are working correctly and not over-saturating the lawn leaving puddles of water behind until the next watering cycle. Overturn wheelbarrows and used plant containers that hold water. Remove unused tarps, old tires, pool floats, and other items that can collect standing water. Ensure gutters and downspouts are free-flowing along with ground drainage that is meant to remove water from around the home’s foundation. If ground drains continually hold water, then treat with mosquito dunks that can help to eliminate the larvae. This will not reduce the adult population but will help to minimize breeding in these sources. Ensure metal fence posts are capped. These caps can be found at your local hardware store.

If you want to keep up to date on mosquito pressure in the Dallas – Ft. Worth area, I recommend AccuWeather. When on the website, enter the name of the city you want to look at and then click on the mosquito in the top right-hand corner of the page. This will provide current mosquito pressure/ activity in your city. As always, call us if you need professional help. Our focus is simple, and our niche is outdoors. Prevention, education, and elimination is our number one priority.

“Make Outside Fun Again.”

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