Mosquitoes are a common sight during the warmer months. Aside from itchy bites, these creatures can carry diseases and viruses, such as dengue fever, malaria, Zika and West Nile. Do you have pets at home? It may help to know that mosquitoes can also transmit several diseases and parasites that can harm dogs and horses.
Here are some mosquito control mistakes to avoid this summer.
Failing to Get Rid of Standing Water
If there is one thing mosquitoes need to multiply, it’s water. Female mosquitoes only need around one inch of water to lay eggs. They can lay a substantial number of eggs at once, meaning it wouldn’t take long for an infestation to happen. To avoid swarms of mosquitoes on your property, get rid of standing water in tires, buckets, birdbaths and toys. If you have an in-ground or above-ground pool, make sure it stays covered, and clean it regularly.
Neglecting Your Gutters
Keeping your gutters clean and in good shape can help eliminate mosquitoes in your home. Over time, leaves, branches and other debris can clog gutters. When this happens, water will not drain properly from them, encouraging mosquitoes to use them as breeding grounds.
At Gutter Helmet® of Cookeville, we are here to help make your gutters easier to maintain. We install superior gutter protection systems to help prevent clogs and reduce the number of times you need to clean your gutters.
Forgetting to Close Trash Cans
Covering trash cans will do wonders in keeping pests out of your property. When open, they can attract bugs, mosquitoes and even rodents. You’ll know the lid is secured once you hear a clicking sound. As long as closed properly, it should remain concealed during storms, preventing water that could draw mosquitoes from entering.
Investing in quality gutter guard systems can help keep homes protected from water damage and ward off mosquitoes. Turn to Gutter Helmet of Cookeville for your gutter protection needs. Call us at (866) 985-9982, or fill out our contact form to set an appointment. We proudly serve homeowners in Cookeville, TN.