Female mosquitoes buzz around looking for blood from animals and humans alike, where they receive iron and protein intake to breed and reproduce. And if you have lots of places or particular crevices at home that can store stagnant water, then your home is the perfect breeding habitat for mosquitoes.
If you want to get rid of those pesky pests for good, you must hire a pest control professional. Afterwhich, ensure that your house remains clear of stagnant water in potential breeding grounds to break the dengue transmission cycle and lower risks of catching mosquito-borne tropical diseases.
Here are some of the common spots you might find stagnant water and what you can do to keep them clean and dry.
1. Junk in your lawn
Junk that can store stagnant water must be thrown away immediately. That could include the lids of trash bins, empty pails and buckets, old tyres, flowerpots, and more. Keep the pails overturned and ensure their rims remain dry. Suppose you don’t plan on using them any longer. In that case, you should get rid of them right away to prevent rainwater from potentially accumulating in them, making for an ideal breeding habitat for mosquitoes.
2. Debris in your yard
One of the interesting facts about mosquitoes is their dislike of the wind, which is why they prefer to take refuge in leftover debris around the yard. Grass clippings, bundles of sticks, piles of branches, leaves, compost piles, and anything that mosquitoes can take shelter from is a risky call of invitation for them to take refuge in. To prevent this from happening, pick up litter and keep your lawn clutter-free at all times. Break up any form of hardened soil to prevent water from being trapped inside and ensure that you lift and empty anything that could potentially hold stagnant water.
3. Clogged gutters
Clear your roof gutters and drains of items that could result in a clog, such as leaves, twigs, and other debris. When clogged because of accumulated trash, your home’s gutters and drains can trap and collect stagnant water. For an added precaution, place or tie a BTI or sand granular insecticide to the gutter for long-term mosquito prevention.
4. Pet bowls and birdbaths
Pet water bowls and feeders also make for potential breeding habitats for mosquitoes. While they are undoubtedly a necessity for the well-being of your pets, they require pet owners to work doubly hard to maintain their cleanliness at all times. Besides regularly changing and refilling the water in pet bowls and birdbaths to prevent stagnation, it is crucial to ensure that they are cleaned and washed as frequently as possible. Remember that all it takes is clean, stagnant water of as small a volume as the size of a 20-cent coin to make for a breeding ground mosquitoes seek.
Stagnant water can be a big problem in your home because of mosquitoes. For one, mosquitoes can be carriers of bacteria that cause various diseases, including dengue and malaria. So, make sure there is no stagnant water anywhere on your property to prevent those troublesome pests from infesting your home and endangering the lives of your loved ones.
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