The remnants of the melting ice of winter are now long gone, but thunderstorms and rainstorms can be brewing on the horizon. Rain is coming more frequently because summer is near, which means that you have to make sure your house is prepared to battle against mosquitoes or face life-altering consequences.
Among the vicious predators that have caused thousands of deaths all over the world, you can find mosquitoes at the top of the list. Most people only see these creatures as bothersome and irritating but never threatening like they would view a shark or a bear in proximity. This fact will make you think twice about what animals you can actually trust.
Mosquitoes are naturally small, but you shouldn’t let their size fool you because they are deadly creatures that can transmit different lethal diseases. They can also breed very quickly because their entire life cycle, from being an egg to a fully developed adult, only takes approximately 8 to 10 days.
This is important to note because female mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, which can accumulate in containers, clogged drains, heavy vegetation, and puddles after every rainfall. If you don’t protect your home against mosquitoes, it can be a breeding ground for diseases. Here’s what you can do to prevent this from happening:
Invest in Landscaping
When it comes to the practice of landscaping, most people will automatically think that its sole purpose is to improve the aesthetic of the outdoor property. And while that idea has some truth to it, landscaping can also be for practical purposes, like making sure that the yard doesn’t become a breeding ground for mosquitoes during light to heavy rainfall.
Puddles of water are normal after experiencing rain. But when there’s still standing water with no sign of rain, then you might want to double-check the state of your yard. This can be caused by a blockage in the draining system or problems with the soil due to erosion and exposure to natural elements.
Stagnant water becomes a problem because it can be a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. However, by investing in minor landscaping maintenance, such as leveling any slopes, getting rid of thick vegetation, or aerating the soil, you can be assured that your lawn can handle the next rainfall that comes.
Turn to Professionals
There’s no shame in seeking professional help once you realize that you can’t solve your mosquito problem on your own. Plenty of homeowners deal with this problem all the time, so there are services specifically created to control these deadly creatures from breeding and spreading diseases.
Malaria, dengue, encephalitis, and West Nile virus are only some of the many mosquito-borne diseases that you can be exposed to when there are mosquitoes present in your surroundings. The diseases are transmitted when a mosquito feeds on human blood because they inject their saliva into the skin.
To battle this disease-spreading agent, you can turn to professionals who have developed effective mosquito yard treatments. These can put a halt to the life cycle of mosquitoes because they prevent the creation of breeding grounds and continuous larvae growth.
Of course, this is not a one-time solution that can eradicate your mosquito problem, but it can be an excellent way to prevent being infected by the diseases they carry. Mosquitoes might be deadly creatures that can kill people, but that doesn’t mean they are immune to death themselves.
Make Routine Inspections
Finally, the last thing you can do to protect your home against mosquitoes is to make regular inspections for systems where the water goes through. This can include your roof gutters, downspouts, and drainage systems, which can easily be clogged by accumulated debris.
When these pipes are obstructed because of debris, they will hold standing water instead of allowing it to flow through. And as you should already know by now, stagnant water is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes because they are rarely disturbed.
That’s why it’s crucial to routinely make inspections around the perimeter of your house to ensure that your pipes are working properly. Moreover, when your drainage system becomes clogged with contaminants and debris, it can cause flooding in your yard as well as inside your house.
Mosquitoes may only cause harm to the human race, but their presence is essential to the ecosystem because they serve many functions. That’s why people can never be rid of them completely, yet that doesn’t mean that humans should stand idly by and let themselves become infected with the disease.