For these pesky flying creatures, prevention is the best form of control, and it’s time to get working. Once temperatures hit above 50 degrees consistently in your area, any stagnant water in your yard is a ticking time bomb full of mosquito larvae waiting to buzz. Keep tabs on these places:
If you use tarps to protect woodpiles or to cover your pool, make sure to shake it off once a week. Rainwater that settles in the tiny nooks and crannies can easily become infested with thousands of larvae.
2. Long grass
Mosquitoes love to hide in tall grass. Unless you’re running a bug hotel in your yard, mow thoroughly and regularly — it will make your property less appealing to mosquitoes and more appealing to humans. Win-win!
3. Kiddie pools
“All mosquitoes need is half of an inch to breed, so watch out for kiddie pools,” warns TV host and spokesperson for the National Pest Management Association Bob Vila. In other words: Drain this every time your kids are done playing.
4. Bird baths
This is another place Vila says mosquitos thrive since most people don’t replace the water and just let rain fill is up naturally.
5. Ornamental ponds
Another hot spot! Keep your ponds mosquito-free by adding some gambusia affinis — the mosquitofish — and throwing in a few mosquito donuts.
A shady, damp sandbox after April showers is prime breeding ground for a whole fleet of mosquitoes. Move it to a sunnier area and slather SPF 30 on the kids before playtime.
7. Dog bowls
Your dog needs hydration, but don’t let his water bowl turn stagnant. Provide fresh, clean water every day.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control calls gutters “one of the most overlooked breeding sites for mosquitoes around the home.” Clean them out thoroughly at the beginning of the season and check regularly to make sure they’re dry.
Get rid of any pooled water in your soil or stagnant water in your saucers. Or fill your planters with these mosquito-repelling plants.
Whether you keep spares in a pile or built an awesome tire swing for your kids, make sure it’s thoroughly dry.