No amount of beautiful backyard landscaping is going to lure you outdoors if mosquitoes are waiting on you for their next meal. Mosquito bites don’t just itch, they carry diseases like West Nile, Zika, encephalitis, and more. With mosquito-borne diseases on the rise across the U.S., it’s more important than ever to eradicate these bloodsuckers from your property once and for all.
The expert team at Wheat’s Landscape offer the following valuable tips to help you get rid of mosquitoes lurking around your Northern Virginia home.
DIY Tips to Keep Your Yard Mosquito-Free
Mosquitoes require water to reproduce. Females lay their eggs in stagnant water and overly wet soil, which you might not even know are present in your yard. Inspect your yard for common places mosquitoes breed, including:
- Birdbaths and ornamental ponds – Make sure ponds are aerated to keep water moving, and refill birdbaths every two days.
- Rain gutters – Inspect your gutters to ensure they’re not clogged, giving mosquitoes a hidden breeding area. Re-position downspouts to keep water from puddling.
- Trash and recycling bins – Drill small holes into the bottom of these containers to keep them from collecting rain water.
- Swimming pools – Clean and chlorinate your pool even when not in use.
- Flower beds and other landscape features – Inspect these areas to check for water that is not draining properly, especially after a rain or irrigation. If the water pools for more than four days, take steps to fix the drainage problem.
- Other containers and accessories – Look into flowerpots, saucers, or anything that can accumulate standing water. Refresh your pets’ water bowl at least every two days.
- Trash – Keep your yard free of aluminum cans, old tires, leaf and brush piles, or other items that can hold water.
More Steps to Stay Ahead of Mosquitoes
Even after ridding your yard of mosquito breeding grounds, some of the pesky inspects will still be lurking around. Try these repellent and barrier techniques to advance your war on mosquitoes.
- Install window and door screens with 16 to 18 size mesh (meaning there are 16 to 18 openings per square inch), and make sure they fit snugly with no gapping around the edges.
- Replace the bulbs in your outdoor lights with yellow-hued bulbs. Yellow light is less likely to attract mosquitoes to your yard.
- Spray awnings, umbrella shades, outdoor furniture, and other fabrics with mosquito repellent.
- Spray your clothing every four to six hours with a product containing deet.
How Wheat’s Landscape Can Keep Mosquitoes Under Control
Wheat’s Landscape offers a comprehensive mosquito control system tailor-made to eliminate the mosquito breeding grounds in your yard. Our technicians use an Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, approach to inspect and eradicate mosquitoes on your property. Our program includes:
- All Natural Approach – We spray a mixture of essential oils on your property every two weeks.
- Select Option – We inspect and spray your property for mosquitoes every three weeks.
- Advanced Approach – We inspect and spray for mosquitoes every two weeks.
- Comprehensive Option – In addition to spraying for mosquitoes, we treat for fleas and ticks every two weeks.
- One-Time Treatment – We treat your yard for mosquitoes and other pests before you host an outdoor gathering.
Effective Mosquito Control in Northern VA, Maryland, & Washington, DC
Don’t let mosquitoes ruin the summer fun at your Northern Virginia home. Wheat’s Landscape is standing by with tested and proven pest control methods guaranteed to rid your yard of mosquitoes and other biting insects. Contact us online to learn more about our IPM program or call us at 703-641-4790 to schedule an appointment.