At your Fourth of July barbecue, the last thing you and your guests want to deal with is pesky mosquitos. These stubborn pests view you as a delicious treat and will hound you throughout the evening unless you prepare ahead of time. Take a little time to learn about mosquito behavior and how to implement a plan to clear your yard of these pests.
What are Mosquitos?
Mosquitos are small insects with a single pair of wings and long legs. Female mosquitos dine on blood to help their eggs develop, which are usually spawned in stagnant water. Mosquitoes are often most active during dusk, making your Fourth of July dinner a prime event for these pests. Understanding the behavior of mosquitos and preparing a defense in your backyard can help you enjoy your dinner.
Drain Stagnant Water
Stagnant water is an ideal place for mosquitos to gather and lay their eggs. Take a walk around your yard to identify places where water gathers without draining. Even a bowl-shaped rock can provide enough water for mosquitos. If you have bird baths or decorative water features in your backyard, installing an agitator to keep the water moving can discourage mosquitos from settling into a new home in your yard. You may find stagnant water in places you can't see, such as a clogged gutter. Completing a thorough investigation before your big gathering can help your guests have a more enjoyable time.
Trim Your Yard
During the heat of the day, mosquitos sometimes hide in greenery. Trimming back shrubs lining your yard can reduce the number of hiding places available to mosquitos. Sticking to a regular schedule for trimming your grass can also help. Removing weeds will also significantly reduce places for mosquitoes to hide.
Encourage Your Guests to Cover Up
Wearing the right clothing can block mosquitos from seeing you as a delicious meal. Wear clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible. If you're concerned about feeling overheated, wear light clothing made of cotton so that you'll feel cooler. Sandals are a popular footwear choice in the summer, but wearing socks can keep mosquitos away.
Hire a Professional Pest Control Team
Although you can practice pest control tips on your own, talking to a team of pest control experts can give you more information and ideas. For example, pest control professionals know where mosquitos like to congregate and can check those areas for you. If you believe your yard has become a breeding ground for a mosquito infestation, hiring a professional can help you get your yard in shape before your Fourth of July party.
Impact Pest Elimination is a Florida pest control company with the expertise and tools needed to deal with annoying mosquitos. Contact us today to learn how we can save your yard from these critters.