Despite its obvious benefits to our crops and lawns, rain can be a pain. From Plymouth to Sagamore and Mattapoisett we’ve had record rainfall since April, with no end in sight. As most of us have experienced lately, it ruins weekend plans for backyard barbecues, trips to the shore and cancels t-ball games. But, did you know that rain can have a lasting residual effect on our ability to enjoy the great outdoors in Southeastern Massachusetts?
Rain is the primary cause of the standing water that allows mosquitoes to breed and multiply quickly. While we have many marshlands and cranberry bogs in the area that feed the mosquito population, the standing water in our yards is usually a bigger source for their growth. Without wildlife such as frogs and fish in your child’s rain-filled sand bucket, a great deal more mosquito larvae and pupae make it to adulthood.
It is imperative, especially after days and weeks of frequent rain to keep vigilant in following the T’s of mosquito control.
Don’t forget these most often over-looked standing water sources during your post-rain yard check:
- Clogged gutters
- Corrugated downspouts
- Pool covers and unopened pools
- Leaf litter under decks and porches
Please take the time to check your yard after the rain. Dump and clear any standing water. Tell your neighbors, tell your friends and get your family involved to help us all enjoy our yards with fewer annoying and dangerous mosquitoes.
At Mosquito Squad of Southeastern Mass, we are happy to be your best choice for mosquito control treatment with our most popular barrier treatment eliminating 80-90% of mosquitoes on your property. Call today!