How to Keep Mosquitoes Away

Mosquito in grass

file2371242692485Standing water equals breeding mosquitoes. Breeding mosquitoes means more mosquitoes bothering you on your property. Any standing stagnant water that remains for seven to ten days after a rain can and usually will produce mosquitoes. You may think that an old coffee can wouldn’t be that much trouble, but one coffee can full of water has been shown to produce in excess of 10,000 mosquitoes over a summer season. If you live in a “mosquitoes year-around” area like in the South, that would be more like 30,000 to 40,000 mosquitoes.
Some tips to keep in mind:
Empty all water holding containers in your yard on a regular basis, which is at least once a week. This includes buckets, bird baths, barrels, boats, empty planters, tarps over wood or anything else, grill burners, and children’s wading pools are prime examples of mosquito breeding sites. Keeping mosquito breeding sites down is crucial to how to keep mosquitoes away from your family.
Clean out eve troughs and down spouts. These collect leaves and other debris that slows down drainage.
Over-watering and poor irrigation practices are common producers of mosquitoes around your home. Report any standing water that is in streets and drainage areas. Check irrigation valves for leaks and standing water in below ground boxes.
Ditches must be kept clear of vegetation and debris to promote rapid drainage. Make sure leaves aren’t stopping up street sewage drains and water is flowing through ditches.
Other tips that answer the question, How to keep mosquitoes away, are:
Keep your lawn mowed as low as possible for your type of grass and conditions.
Keep all ornamental trees and shrubs trimmed and pruned to open them up to light and air flow. This will limit places the mosquitoes can live and hide plus increase the vigor of the plants in general.
During the day, mosquitoes hide in low underbrush and foliage. Keep these areas cut down as much as possible.
Have your trees trimmed so that light can flow through so the area will not stay damp all the time. This will also allow grass to grow and avoid bare ground under trees.
If your air conditioner condensation flows outside your house, have your lines checked. In most cases the primary line goes down the sewer drain and only when it is stopped up does it flow to a secondary outside drain.
If you have a shed or outbuilding in your backyard, put down rock or landscape materials to reduce the area underneath being wet and muddy during wet periods. If possible, completely close off the area under the building or use screens to keep out mosquitoes but allow air flow.

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