How Can You Prevent Mosquito Breeding Near Your Houston Area Home?
In this video, BUGCO Pest Control Specialist Darrell Mather talks about how you can prevent mosquito breeding near your home. If you have questions or you need help solving your mosquito problem, please call us at 281-240-2157 today.
Summary of the How to Prevent Mosquito Breeding Video
– – Hello, this is Darrell with BUGCO Pest Control. Today we are going to be talking about mosquitoes and mosquito breeding sites. So, as you can see with the little diagram over here, we have a tree, some bushes, and a house that’s elevated off of the ground, what’s considered a pier and beam, doesn’t have a solid concrete foundation, and then my great little bird bath over here. So, let’s start from one side and move to the other.
Step 1 — Remove Standing Water and Change Water in Bird Baths and Pet Bowls
So, you’re familiar with mosquitoes are able to breed in standing water. So, of course, like the little bird bath here, we want to change the water out every few days, make sure there’s nothing standing in pots, ditches, things like that.
Step 2 – Trim Trees and Foliage to Dry Damp Areas of Your Yard
Now, what you might not know is certain species of mosquitoes actually breed and lay eggs on foliage such as trees. So, high up in the trees and bushes surrounding the house. So, that’s something that we want to ensure that every now and then we’re trimming the trees back, allowing a little bit more sunlight to penetrate. Same goes with the bushes, just thin ’em out every now and then. As well as the shaded areas beneath the trees.
So, if it’s heavily shaded, there’s going to be more moisture, it’s darker, that’s where the insects are going to like to hang out and breed and repopulate. If we can thin it out and keep it a little bit drier right here around the base of the tree as well as the shrubs, go ahead and change our water out in our bird baths, or other areas where there might be standing water just to ensure that you’re trying to keep it as dry as possible.
Step 3 – Trim Your Grass
With your grass in general, you’re going to want to keep it trimmed, keep it low, ’cause the drier the better. As it grows and gets taller, then what ends up happening is the moisture gets trapped and it’s a perfect place for mosquitoes that lay their eggs in the grass. Mosquitoes do not always lay their eggs in the water. Different species, different breeding sites. So, keep the grass trimmed, keep the trees thinned out a little bit, keep the shaded areas as dry as possible.
Step 4 – Prevent Moisture from Collecting Under Your House
Then something that we wanted to talk about was, any house that’s elevated on a pier and beam or has a space beneath the house, a crawl space, that is just like the base of the tree. There’s going to be a lot of moisture trapped under the tree, it’s going to be shaded, ideal site for mosquitoes to be breeding. There could be pooling water or standing water as well as any of the mosquitoes, the different species of mosquitoes that lay their eggs outside of water.
So, this is an ideal place for most mosquito species to breed and repopulate and, as we all know, they’re a nuisance pest so if we can do these things, try to maintain that environment on the exterior of our residence, in such a way to where it’s not conducive for the breeding of mosquitoes, so that would be ideal.
Trim our trees. Trim our shrubbery, foliage. Keep the grass cut. Rotate our water out in the yard. And then whatever you can do to either seal off the underside of the house. There are contractors that can do it or you can do it yourself. So, keep this sealed off. Try to keep it dry as possible. And that should help to minimize the mosquito population on your property.
Now, can’t do anything about the neighboring properties over to the left or right, behind you, or say you live near a field. There’s not much that can be done about that but we can do something about your property itself.
So, if you do have any questions, you could always feel free to call BUGCO Pest Control at 281-240-2157 or you could email us by using the contact form in the right sidebar, and check out the rest of our website.
Now, these are all things that you can do yourself and one last thing, a little fun fact, did you know that female mosquitoes are the only mosquitoes that bite? They’re the ones that need the blood meal so that they can produce eggs. So, whenever you are getting bitten by a mosquito, it is a female mosquito. Males do not bite. Fun fact. All right, thank you, have a great day.
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