Bug Proof

How to Prepare for the Arrival of Mosquitos

The warm spring weather may be slow to arrive this year, but prime mosquito season is on the cusp of beginning. While you may think of mosquitos only being present in the summertime, it actually only takes an outside temperate of 50⁰F for mosquitoes to start lurking around your home and backyard.

Aside from that annoying itch you get from a mosquito bite, that bite can become a real concern if that mosquito is carrying a virus. In Virginia, a common health threat from mosquitoes is the Zika virus. Typical Zika symptoms are a fever, rash, red eyes, joint pain, headaches or muscle pain. While it is typically not a life-threatening virus, it raises big concerns for women who are pregnant since Zika has been linked to birth defects.

However, the point of this post isn’t to scare you, but to help you get prepared, so you can enjoy your summer with a peace of mind. Here are our top 5 tips to conquer mosquito season!

  1. Sign up for a mosquito abatement program – People typically wait until mosquitos are present to sign up for a mosquito abatement program, which is a big mistake. By that point in time, mosquitos have already established their breeding population, and it’s much harder to eradicate the problem. Sign up for our mosquito abatement program today to get ahead of the issue.
  2. Reduce the items in your yard that collect water – Stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitos. Reduce the items left out in your yard like a wheelbarrow, buckets, or empty flower pots that collect water when it rains. Otherwise, mosquitos will be treating your backyard like their next big party spot.
  3. Make your own repellant – It’s not ideal (or practical) to have a citronella candle burning inside your home to keep mosquitos away 24/7. A home remedy we would suggest is apple cider vinegar with a little bit of parsley. Leave a small cup of this mixture on a couple of windowsills or tables to help naturally repel mosquitoes away.
  4. Spray deet – If you’re going to be outside for a long period of time, we strongly recommend spraying on a mosquito repellant that contains deet. Deet can help keep the mosquitoes away while allowing you to enjoy your next outdoor adventure.
  5. Repair cracks and leaks – Lastly, check your foundation and walls for cracks and your pipes for leaks. Mosquitos can easily get inside through a small crack or crevice and water from a leak will attract them as well.

If you have additional questions about mosquitos, don’t hesitate to contact one of our pest experts or as we like to call them, “the bug doctors” to find answers.

Ways to Bug Proof Your Home

I’m sure most people would agree that having bugs in the house is one thing they can do without. Bugs are not only annoying with all the buzzing and biting;  they also create unhealthy living conditions. If you are fighting to keep the bugs out of your house you are not alone. However, with so many insects in the world it can be tough.

Ways to Bug Proof Your Home

  • Seal your Doors: Install a sturdy steel or aluminum threshold under the door (combine this with a door sweep for even better protection). A sweep helps to cover the gap between a threshold and the door bottom. Adding weather-stripping or door-seal kits to the perimeter of the frame can keep insects from entering along the sides or top of the door. Use a clear caulk to seal the joint where the door frame meets the wall and the area where it meets the ground.
  • Add Screens: Adding screens to your doors and windows will allow you to let the fresh air in your house on a nice day but keep the insects out. A 20-mesh or finer screen is the best screen to keep out most common household pests. If you have screens in place already make sure they don’t have any tears in them and that they are securely in place.
  • Maintain your Yard: Yard maintenance can have a big impact on bug infestations. Eliminating pooled water in your yard is one way to reduce the mosquito population. It’s also important to maintain regular drainage channels. Keep your gutter and drains free from leaves, grass clippings and debris so they are able to operate properly. If you have a pool, keep it chlorinated and filtered. Change the water in your fountains or birdbaths twice week. Remove any piles of leaves or debris from your yard.
  • Store Trash Properly: Keep food trash in the kitchen. The trash can should have a lid, and the can should be emptied each night. Exterior cans should have self-closing lids along with tight seals. All interior and exterior trash receptacles and recycling bins should be cleaned and sanitized regularly to keep them clean from food particles and drinks that may have spilled in them.
  • Encourage Natural Predators: Bats and birds are great to have around as they eat a large number of the insects that may try to enter your home. Having clean birdbaths and fresh birdseed can help encourage birds to stay around your house while bat houses and roosts can help encourage bats.

There are many more helpful tips than these for bug proofing your home. So call Triple S Pest Control today and have their professionals help you bug proof your home as well as give helpful tips on other ways to keep the pests out.