Help Eliminate Mosquitoes
What You Should Do
1. Change standing water at least twice a week in bird baths, potted plants, fountains, and animal troughs.
2. Clear storm drains and outdoor drains of leaves and lawn cuttings.
3. Do not over water your plants or yard, and do not leave standing water in yard or paved areas.
4. Clean clogged gutters to allow proper drainage.
5. Spread out mulch so water does not collect in fallen leaves.
6. Use larvicide to kill mosquitoes in ponds and water-filled ditches (Larvicide can be purchased at garden centers or home improvement stores).
7. Repair torn window and door screens and keep attic vents closed.
8. Empty pool covers and tarps.
9. Place toys and open containers under cover.
10. Empty anything that holds standing water like tires, wheelbarrow, and trash cans.
11. Fix leaky outdoor faucets and sprinklers.
Keeping mosquitoes from breeding on your property can help to control the mosquito population and will make it less likely that you will be bitten while on your property. There are many actions you can take to ensure that there are no available breeding areas around your home that mosquitoes will take advantage of.
Get Rid of Standing Water
To prevent mosquito breeding sites on your property, you must get rid of any standing water. Looking for puddles that can hold standing water is a good first step. Scatter puddles or fill them in with soil to prevent them from being used as breeding pools. In addition, there are a number of other ways that mosquitoes can find standing water. If you have items on your property that can hold rainwater, those can be used just as easily as a puddle.
Turn any items such as empty planters, old tires and buckets upside down to keep them from holding onto water. Even small items that can hold water are large enough for mosquitoes to breed in. Children’s toys such as toy trucks and plastic sand buckets are common culprits. If you have a tarp outdoors, it can easily create several puddles that can be used for breeding. Decorative vases and other items that will hold water should be gotten rid of, turned upside down or have the tops covered to prevent them from holding water.
Fix Leaky Faucets and Outdoor Hoses
Check your hose for leaks, and look for any standing water that a leak could cause. Other types of water leaks, such as from water lines, can cause similar pools of water that are perfect breeding grounds. Also look for leaks from outdoor faucets such as the water connection on your home that connects to the hose. Any leaks from these areas can quickly form puddles of standing water.
Treat Bromeliads and Other Plants That Hold Water
Some plants hold onto water and create a pool of water inside them that is perfect for laying eggs and hatching larvae. If there are bromeliads, also known as pineapple lilies, on your property, they should be treated weekly to keep these insects from taking up residence in them. They can be sprayed with insecticides or sprayed with soapy water once a week. They can also be flushed weekly to get rid of the excess water inside them.
If you have hollow bamboo stumps, these are ideal for holding water. These should be removed completely from your property. If you have hollow tree stumps, these can be either removed or filled with dirt or sand to keep them from holding pools of water.
Clean Your Gutters so Water Runs Freely
When looking for leaks, make sure that the gutters on your home aren’t clogged. Gutters with clogs can create pools of standing water in them that can be difficult to see. Clear out anything that can cause clogs to allow water to flow freely through the gutters. This will need to be done periodically to ensure that leaves and dead insects aren’t causing new clogs.
Be sure to check your property regularly for standing water to ensure that new areas don’t crop up. Setting aside one afternoon a week to inspect your property for standing water can go a long way toward fighting the mosquito population that is spreading so many diseases in Hawaii.