How To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Baton Rouge Yard
August 26, 2021 - Mosquitoes
Summer is in full swing, which means mosquitoes are buzzing, biting, and making life miserable for homeowners across the country. That goes double for Louisiana residents, where the high heat and humidity creates the perfect environment for mosquitoes to thrive. If you don’t take the proper steps to prevent them, it’s only a matter of time before you find yourself covered in bites.
In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the mosquitoes that can be found in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, what could be attracting them to your property, and how you can minimize your risk for bites - both at home and while you’re out and about.
Mosquitoes - More Than Just a Nuisance
If you’ve lived in Louisiana for any extended period, you’re almost certainly no stranger to mosquitoes. Whether it’s a pool party, summer barbecue, or just spending a little time in the great outdoors, chances are high that you’ve experienced the buzzing and biting that makes them such a notorious pest in the southeastern United States.
If their annoying buzzing and painful bites weren’t enough, mosquitoes can present a serious health hazard to people that have to live near them. Mosquitoes spread a number of harmful diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and more.
Their potential as disease vectors is the main reason why the World Health Organization lists them as one of the most deadly animals on earth. While these threats aren’t as prevalent as in other parts of the world, they still regularly create small outbreaks within the United States.
What’s Attracting Mosquitoes?
The primary factor that attracts mosquitoes is the presence of standing water around your home. This is because female mosquitoes need stagnant water to lay their eggs in, and they’re always on the hunt for a new potential breeding pool.
Stagnant water can come in numerous forms, big and small. While it can be a pool or fountain that hasn’t been running, it can also pool up in the tops of clutter or objects in the yard, as well as in dips within the yard itself. Due to the high heat and humidity of our region, just the dew and condensation that builds up from the lawn itself can become a potential breeding pool. Clogged gutters are another common source of stagnant water.
Avoiding Mosquito Bites
When it comes to mosquito prevention around your yard, the number one priority is to remove standing water. Here are some tips you should follow to make your yard as unappealing as possible to mosquitoes:
- Mow the lawn frequently.
- Keep the yard clear of any toys, trash, or other clutter.
- Don’t store pet food bowls outside for long periods of time.
- Addressing any drainage issues around the home.
- Ensuring gutters are always clear.
- Keeping the water running pools and fountains around your home.
While these steps can help prevent mosquitoes infesting your yard, there are still other steps you can take to minimize your risk for getting bites while out and about. These include the following tips:
- Wear light-colored clothing while outdoors.
- Avoid going outside around dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Apply mosquito repellent with DEET to your skin and clothing.
Of course, the best way to prevent mosquito bites is by ensuring they never become a presence around your property. Unfortunately, that’s almost impossible without professional help. Luckily, DAT Exterminating has everything you need to protect your home from mosquitoes.
Comprehensive mosquito abatement services from DAT Exterminating are the perfect solution to keep mosquitoes out of your yard today, tomorrow, and into the future. Call today for more details and find out why DAT has the tools, the training, and the expertise you need to help you take back your yard from mosquitoes.