Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Sites
Tips on Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Sites on Your Property
The objective is to eliminate all sites where mosquitoes can breed. Remember, some species of mosquitoes can breed in as little as one-half inch of standing water.
Some mosquitoes can hatch in as little as one week. Where water must be available, as for pets and other animals, it is necessary to change the water and flush out the container at least twice a week to disrupt the breeding cycle of mosquitoes.
Things you can do to reduce mosquito breeding grounds on your property:
- Clean out eaves, troughs and rain gutters.
- Remove debris from flat roofs.
- Remove old tires or drill holes in those used for playground equipment to allow them to drain.
- Turn over or remove containers.
- Pick up broken, unused or discarded toys.
- Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water in pockets or indentations.
- Pump out bilges on boats.
- Replace water in birdbaths at least twice a week.
- Check plants with large leaves that may collect water in axils, where the leaves join the stem. Eliminate the plant, keep it inside, or flush it out with a spray of water or tip the plant over to empty stagnant water at least twice a week.
- Flush bromeliads with fresh water every few days.
Areas that need attention because they make breeding grounds for mosquitoes:
Any time that you are experiencing a high amount of mosquitoes, please contact our office. The certified technician is trained to assist in eliminating your mosquito problem.