The season of summer is just around the corner, and unfortunately, so are the mosquitoes. With the temperatures and humidity rising, mosquito activity is on the rise as well. To help combat this issue, here are some helpful tips for mosquito control in the Auburn, Opelika, and Lake Martin area.
Be Mindful of Bodies of Water
Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, and communities surrounding the Lake Martin area, and other bodies of water, can become a hot spot for mosquitoes in the summer months.
Small puddles of water are where mosquitoes lay their eggs, an easy way to protect against this is by flipping over children’s toys or other objects in the yard to minimize mosquito activity.
Mosquito control can also be helped by filling small puddles of water with rocks, wood chips, or mulch in order to prevent the spread of mosquitoes nesting and inhabiting the yard.
Treat Pools and Ponds
If there is a larger body of water on your property, such as a pool or pond, they should be treated to repel mosquitoes.
Swimming pools should be cleaned and chlorinated properly so mosquitoes avoid laying eggs, due to the chemical composition of chlorine.
For smaller ponds, aerating the water helps because mosquitoes prefer standing water, by creating movement in the water it discourages mosquitoes from inhabiting that area.
For larger ponds, the addition of fish can help by eating the mosquito larvae, and keep the mosquito population down. Some fish that are known to do this specifically are koi, goldfish, guppies, and killifish.
Keep the Grass Short
In order to limit the amount of resting spots for mosquitoes, we recommend keeping your grass as short as possible so it will inhibit mosquitoes nesting.
In addition to keeping the lawn trimmed, the garden beds and other bushy areas are a place where mosquitoes harbor in the shaded and wet areas. By trimming these bushy areas it gives the mosquitoes fewer areas to hide.
Avoid Scented Body Products
While some natural scents serve as a repellent for mosquitoes, such as lavender, rosemary, cedarwood, eucalyptus, and citronella, most perfumes and lotions tend to attract mosquitoes.
Try to avoid strongly scented body products like cologne, body washes, and lotions to minimize mosquito attraction.
Call a Pest Control Expert and Have Your Yard Professionally Treated
Mosquito season is in full effect, and the best option to prevent and control mosquito activity indefinitely is to give S&S a call.
Our mosquito control services span throughout Lee County, as we have active teams in Auburn, Opelika, and Lake Martin.