It’s just one of those facts of life: where there’s standing water, there will be mosquitoes. And there’s no greater potential for standing water than after a hurricane. If it weren’t bad enough that all that water falls from the sky, with the increased rainfall, lakes and creeks can rise to dangerous levels. Even if your yard isn’t covered in a foot of water that laps at your porch—or worse, reaches all the way into your home—your neighbor’s yard might be a veritable swamp, and there’s nothing you can do about that. As we reach the one-year anniversary mark of Hurricane Harvey, it’s worth taking a moment to think about how you can mosquito-proof your yard in the event of another such disaster.
1. Protect your property
Beyond covering your windows with plywood, make sure you cover anything that must remain outside tightly with a tarp, whether it’s patio furniture, prize begonias, or a small tool shed. Make sure that your tarp is supported in the middle, so that water won’t pool in the middle and potentially stand for days at a time.
2. Banish opportunities for standing water
Make a round of your yard before the storm begins and turn anything that could collect water upside down. Whether that’s empty flowerpots, a birdbath, or warped playground equipment, make sure there’s no way any water could stand any longer than it has to.
3. Remove brush and debris
Remove all loose brush and leaves from your yard, and that includes loose branches that are still technically attached to the trees. Don’t take any chances on limbs that might not fall off in a heavy wind, just get rid of them before they can do any damage or host any mosquito egg-laying parties.
4. Treat your yard
We know it’s a no-brainer at this point, but definitely let Mosquito Squad of Victoria treat your yard for ticks and mosquitoes. Our system provides the ultimate protection from biting pests, no matter what natural disaster comes your way. With a mosquito misting system like ours, you’ll have total control over flying pests in your yard, even in the middle of a hurricane.
5. Direct action
Once the storm has passed, don’t hesitate. When the rain stops falling, the wind stops blowing, and the sun comes out again, it’s time to head out to the yard and mosquito-proof your yard again. Dump out any standing water in tarps or buckets, clean out your gutters and drains, make sure you keep the grass trimmed and other greenery short and sweet.
In coastal towns, with hurricanes come heavy rainfall, so that means mosquitoes are here to stay unless you break out the big guns. Don’t be afraid to call Mosquito Squad of Victoria so we can provide the heavy-duty protection your yard needs. With our highly-effective barrier spray application, we can remove up to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property, hurricane or not. Protect your home from storms and bugs in this tempestuous season.
Contact Mosquito Squad of Victoria us today to start your mosquito control plan by calling us or by visiting our website today. Stay safe neighbors and let us know how we can help you!