Tired of being locked up inside because mosquitoes have taken over your yard? Learn how to take back your yard with University of MD recommended mosquito control practices!
Globally, there are greater than 3,300 species of mosquitoes. The United States has approximately 200 documented species.
Prevalent Mosquitoes in our area include: Culex – Carries West Nile Virus and Aedes – Tiger Mosquito (Most) – Fevers.
Every year, diseases generated from mosquitoes such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue and filarial worms kill or significantly harm millions of people. Though, this is mostly in poverty-stricken countries.
Mosquito fact: Only the female mosquito bites you because the “beak” on the male mosquito is not built in a way that it can bite you!
Below is a list of items the homeowner can do to help the process of reducing mosquito activity:
- Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers that have collected on your property.
- Pay special attention to discarded tires. Stagnant water in tires are where most mosquitoes are breeding!!!
- Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.
- Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
- Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. Stagnant water in a wading pool becomes a place for mosquitoes to breed. Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths. Both provide breeding habitats for domestic mosquitoes.
- Vegetation around the home should be thinned out if it’s too dense.
- Grass kept cut and weeds whacked.
- Wood piles covered.
- Junk piles removed.
- Fish ponds stocked with fish, or a fountain, to keep water moving. Mosquitoes will not lay eggs on running water or rippled water, they will drown.