7 ways to mosquito-proof your yard

7 ways to mosquito-proof your yard

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It sounds as though, according to industry experts, this will be a very active mosquito season.  They point to the wet winter and warmer temperatures.

We wanted to know how we can mosquito proof our yards in an easy way.

The folks from Mosquito Squad Charlotte visited WBTV News Saturday Morning and shared the following advice:


1. TIP. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children's sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls.  Other hot spots include tarps, gutters, and flat roofs. 

2. TOSS. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards. 

3. TURN. Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children's portable sandboxes or plastic toys. 

4. REMOVE TARPS. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment and grills aren't taut, they're holding water. 

5. TREAT. Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad's treatments eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.                        


6. TAKE CARE. Home maintenance can be a deciding factor in property values and mosquito bites.  Clean gutters, make sure downspouts are attached properly. Re-grade areas where water stands more than a few hours, remove fallen branches and hollow trees or logs.  Check irrigation systems for leaks, keep lawn height low and weed areas.

7. TEAM UP. Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito, and tick, control.  Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor's home, and affect your property.

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