Mosquito Prevention Tips

Mick RibaultBlog, Pond Management

Photograph of a dragonfly which is a natural mosquito prevention.

Mosquito prevention is key to an enjoyable and healthy time outdoors.

Jared Beard- Wilmington, NC/Myrtle Beach, SC Client Service Manager

Tired of mosquitoes ruining your outdoor fun?

Worried about keeping your two-legged and four-legged loved ones safe from mosquito transmitted diseases?

Mosquitoes carry a variety of diseases that are a danger to humans and pets. Many warmer areas of the country can see mosquitoes from early Spring to late Fall. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help protect yourself and loved ones. Mosquito prevention around your home is a key step in preventing mosquitoes from breeding and becoming an issue.

The American Mosquito Control Association recommends the 3 D’s of mosquito protection:

Drain. Dress. Defend.

Drain:

Mosquitoes require water to breed. Eliminate all standing water around your home.

  • Clear gutters.
  • Dispose of tires appropriately.
  • Change bird bath water at least weekly.
  • Fix outdoor faucets that leak.
  • Keep canoes and other boats turned over.
  • Clean outdoor pet dishes regularly.
  • Keep water from collecting on tarps or pool covers.
  • Keep even small containers free of standing water, such as toys, garbage can lids, buckets, planters, flowerpots, etc.

Dress:

  • Wear long sleeves and pants when possible.
  • Loose fitting clothing can protect against potential bites.
  • Wear light colored clothing.

Defend:

  • The CDC and the EPA recommend using only EPA-registered insect repellents. The EPA offers this Search Tool to help find the right repellent for you.
  • Always follow instructions closely when using insect repellent.
  • Keep windows and doors covered with screens.
  • Use a mosquito net if sleeping outdoors or in a room without window screens.
  • Keep water storage containers, such as rain barrels, tightly covered.

Dragonfly Expert Tips for Pond Owners: Mosquito Prevention

In addition to mosquito prevention around homes, individuals responsible for ponds can take steps to minimize mosquito populations around their aquatic spaces.

  • Aeration will help prevent stagnant water, which mosquitoes require to breed.
  • Introduce a predator such as mosquitofish.
  • Utilize plants that are natural mosquito repellents in landscaping.
  • Utilize native aquatic plants that attract…DRAGONFLIES! One dragonfly can eat thirty to hundreds of mosquitoes daily!
Photograph of a dragonfly which is a natural mosquito prevention.
Dragonflies are a natural mosquito prevention.

Mosquito prevention is key to keeping loved ones healthy and outdoor time enjoyable. Unhealthy ponds can become massive breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Ponds that are overgrown or algae prone are prime spaces for mosquitoes. While you work at eliminating risks at home, let us take care of your pond. Please contact us to learn how we can help create and maintain your beautiful space.

Learn More!

Read this interesting article on Disney’s success at preventing mosquitoes! Summer also means increased risk of harmful algae blooms. Read our experts tips about pond algae safety.

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Mosquito Prevention and Protection. (n.d.). American Mosquito Control Association. Retrieved from
https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.mosquito.org/resource/resmgr/docs/Mosquito_Info/Control/mosquito_prevention_fact_she.pdf