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Mosquito Prevention Tips: How to Prevent Them from Breeding in Your Yard

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Mosquitoes are a common pest across Georgia, especially during the warmer months. Their itchy bites and incessant buzzing can make spending time outdoors a misery. Additionally, some mosquito species in Georgia can transmit diseases like West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, and Zika. Implementing prevention measures can help reduce mosquito populations on your property and protect your family from nuisance bites and illness.

Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites

Mosquitoes require standing water to breed. Female mosquitoes lay eggs in small pools of water, which hatch into larvae. Within 7-10 days, these larvae develop into adult mosquitoes. Removing potential breeding grounds is crucial for long-term mosquito control:

  • Discard or drain sources of standing water like buckets, old tires, clogged gutters, potted plant trays, birdbaths, etc.
  • Ensure roof gutters drain properly and are clear of debris.
  • Fill holes or depressions in trees and stumps with sand to eliminate water pooling.
  • Regularly clean and chlorinate swimming pools, spas, and water features.
  • Change the water in bird baths, pet dishes, and flower vases frequently.
  • Stock garden ponds with fish that will eat mosquito larvae.

Discourage Adult Mosquitoes

Along with limiting breeding grounds, make your yard less attractive to adult mosquitoes searching for a blood meal:

  • Use outdoor fans to disrupt mosquito flight and keep them at bay.
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil when going outside.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing that covers exposed skin.
  • Keep lawn areas clear of dense vegetation and weeds where adult mosquitoes rest.
  • Install effective screening on windows and doors to prevent entry.
  • Use citronella candles, torches, and lanterns to repel mosquitoes from outdoor living areas.

Professional Mosquito Treatments

BREDA Pest Management offers mosquito control programs that are designed to provide optimal mosquito protection. The programs we offer include:

  • Inspecting your property for common breeding areas.
  • Applying larvicides to standing water sources to kill larvae.
  • Spraying EPA-approved insecticides and barrier treatments.
  • Conducting regular re-applications throughout peak mosquito season.

Trust BREDA Pest Management for Environmentally Responsible Mosquito Control

Don't let mosquitoes ruin your summer fun. Our experts can help prevent pesky bugs and keep you enjoying the warmer months. We'll make a plan to eliminate breeding spots and use barriers or repellents. Contact us today for a customized plan before mosquito season starts!