Reduce Standing Water & You'll Reduce the Mosquito Population

Author: Mosquito Squad of South Central Texas

With its many rivers, the surrounding New Braunfels area is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. With the most recent news of a confirmed Zika case in the area, we are all at high-risk. The Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Reduce the population of mosquitoes in your yard by first reducing the amount of standing water you have around your property.

Small areas of standing water are seen as the perfect environment for laying eggs by a female mosquito. They know there will be little to no disruption in those areas versus a river or nearby lake, so they choose to lay their eggs in your back yard, in your children’s kiddie pool. Gross, right?!

There are several things you can do to reduce the amount of standing water on your property in hopes that you will also reduce the population of mosquitoes as well. Mosquito Squad suggests following these 7 Tips for preventing mosquitoes and ticks from reproducing in your yard.

Tip over anything that could hold standing water. Mosquitoes only need a small bottle cap of water to lay their eggs. By tipping dog dishes, plant saucers, and toy trucks daily, you will help reduce the population.

Turn over larger objects such as swimming pools or sand buckets once a week or after a rainfall to ensure standing water can’t gather. The more water you allow to remain on your property, the more likely you are to have mosquitoes.

Remove tarps from firewood, boats or sports equipment as frequently as you can. Because tarps are rarely touched mosquitoes can hide easier for laying eggs and creating a habitat.

Take care of your outdoor maintenance. Trim your grass, pick up leaves and sticks and make certain your sprinkler system is working properly. Mosquitoes prefer to rest in areas that aren’t often walked through which is why they zero-in on tall grass.

Treat your yard. Despite all of the great effort to reduce the population of mosquitoes, they typically still find a way into your yard. Mosquito Squad’s traditional barrier treatment will reduce 80-90% of the mosquito population at your home.

To see the best results for mosquito treatments, team up with your neighbors. Educating neighbors on tips and tricks for their yard and suggesting Mosquito Squad can help benefit you and your entire neighborhood.

If you’re tired of mosquitoes in your yard, give Mosquito Squad of South Central Texas a call at (830) 254-5176.