How to Ward Off Mosquitos From Your Property

Screen Shot 2017-05-08 at 12.04.04 AMNothing kills spring and summer fun faster than a swarm of mosquitos. These bitey bugs are more than just an itchy annoyance – they can also carry disease. Orkin recommends the following tips to help residents protect against mosquitoes:

Eliminate Mosquito-Friendly Conditions in and Around Your Yard

– Remove standing water buckets, toys and other containers, as mosquitoes can breed in just an inch of standing water.
– Change water weekly in bird baths, fountains, potted plants and any containers that hold standing water.
– Keep pool water treated and circulating.
– Regularly clean gutters so water doesn’t pool.
– Trim shrubbery, as adult mosquitoes like to rest in dark areas with high humidity, such as under the leaves of lush vegetation.

Prevent Mosquitoes from Biting
– Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Mosquitoes can bite through tight clothing.
– Apply an EPA-registered mosquito repellent containing products such as DEET, picaridin or 1R3535.
Eliminate Entry Points
-Repair and use window and door screens to help prevent entry.
– Close gaps around windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.