There are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes worldwide. And out of all of these species, there’s one thing they all have in common – they need water to breed. The first step in DIY mosquito control involves eliminating their breeding sites.
- Do not allow water to accumulate anywhere in your yard for more than two days. Cans, buckets, pots, plastic swimming pools and tires are all containers that tend to collect and hold water. Removing these items will help decrease the number of mosquitoes that hatch in your yard
- Keep the gutters clean. If leaves or other debris clog your gutters and prevent them from draining, water will accumulate in the gutter system, providing the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- If your cistern, septic tank or cesspool seeps, fix it!
- Fill in any swampy areas, ditches and drain puddles to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds. If filling is not possible, these areas may be treated with commercial mosquito control products like larvicides.
- If you have a pond, try stocking it with mosquito fish (minnows). These fish eat mosquitoes and their larvae.
- Change the water in your wading pool or birdbaths at least once per week. Stagnant water makes an ideal mosquito nursery
These few simple steps should help control the number of mosquitoes that plague your yard.
Homeowners can further decrease mosquito populations with the use of mosquito traps. The capture of only a few mosquitoes daily will have a substantial impact on current and future mosquito populations as one female mosquito can lay up to 250 eggs at a time, and as many as 3000 eggs during her lifetime (depending on species).