3 steps for better mosquito control


May 29, 2020

Noel McCarthy, VP Advertising, Noble Pine Products Co.

Noel McCarthy, Staff Writer, Sterifab

Your approach to mosquito eradication likely includes pesticides, habitat adjustment, biological-control agents and trapping. But let’s concentrate on where you probably will focus most of your energy at a residential mosquito account: outside the house. Here are three steps to take.

1. Get rid of any containers that trap water. A 6-inch plant saucer containing less than 1 inch of water is more than enough for mosquitoes to procreate. Dump the water. While you’re at it, dump standing water in dog bowls, birdbaths, toys, buckets, wading pools, etc.

2. Tell your customers to clean the gutters and mow the lawn. But, being the good pest management professional you are, you’ll dutifully clean out gutters and downspouts to make sure water doesn’t pool and create a welcome mosquito breeding environment.

3. Repair any holes in window and door screens. Mosquitoes like stagnant water, so make sure pools on the property are chlorinated and clear of debris. If your customers have fish ponds, ditches or rain barrels, use an appropriate product to control mosquito larvae in these areas.

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