Mosquitoes are often in the news since they are a health threat and a nuisance. The female anopheles mosquito is best known for causing malaria, which is a deadly disease and has an adverse economic impact globally. According to the World Health Organization, there were approximately 228 million malaria cases worldwide in 2018, and the rate of infection continues to rise.
Given the effect of the mosquito disease, everyone has a responsibility to control the malaria vectors. And yes, malaria is still a concern even in the United States. According to the CDC:
“Local US mosquito-borne spread has resulted in more than 150 locally acquired cases and more than 60 limited outbreaks in the United States over the past 50 years. In addition, more than 2,000 cases of malaria are reported annually in the United States, with most cases occurring in returned travelers.”
The good news is that you can play a role in this and register impressive results. Here are the best ways you can help to control mosquitoes around your home:
- Reduce Mosquito Breeding Sites
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water. After about three days, the eggs hatch. The larvae mature within 12 days and begin to fly. Given that a single female mosquito can lay up to 400 eggs within two weeks, you may have no better way to control their population than to destroy the breeding sites.
Some of the breeding sites you should consider doing away with are old tires, containers, tree holes, clogged rain gutters, and discarded cans.
- Kill Mosquito Larvae
If you cannot destroy all the breeding sites for any reason, kill the larvae.
Some of the best ways to do this are to change pooled water every week, remove algae from ponds, and utilize insecticides.
- Use Mosquito Repellent
Even though the two methods above are often effective at reducing mosquitoes, they cannot eliminate them. But you can use natural mosquito repellents. Some are designed for the yard and others the skin. Their scent confuses mosquitoes and makes it hard for them to find you and your loved ones.
- Have Mosquito Predators
Many animals, such as bats and swallows, feed on mosquitoes. Increase their number to make your work easier. For example, you can install bat shelters to attract these predators to your home.
- Enlist the Support of your Neighbors
For you to successfully control mosquitoes around your home, you need the support of other members of the public. According to the American Mosquito Control Association, the mosquito control effort is divided into public and individual. This means that everyone has a role to play.
Mosquitoes can fly miles from their breeding sites. So, by getting your neighbors evolved in eliminating them, you are assured of a higher degree of success.
Getting rid of mosquitoes that are around your home is a relatively tricky task. It requires the contribution of everyone in your locality. However, if you follow the above simple tips, you are best placed to control the malaria vectors. This way, you can do away with the nuisance and the health threats associated with mosquitoes without spending a lot of time or money.
If you can’t or simply don’t want to bother with getting rid of mosquitoes yourself, call Scott’s Turf and Pest Services at 919-923-2361 today.