Yesterday was the start of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week and Mosquito Squad of Greenville is not only taking mosquito control to new heights, we are also encouraging YOU to join the fight in eliminating mosquitoes from your yard and eradicating mosquito-borne illnesses worldwide.
As part of our mission to educate homeowners on mosquito control and make outdoor living more enjoyable, Mosquito Squad of Greenville offers seven easy-to-follow steps to eradicate mosquitoes where they lurk in your Greenville yard (remember our story 2 weeks ago?). Taking the following steps will help keep you and your family from painful mosquito bites and the potential diseases they can carry:
TIP. Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, eliminating water around your yard decreases a mosquito’s breeding ground. If your yard contains a bird baths, tire swings, tree houses, portable fireplaces and pits and catch basins to recycle water, check them regularly and tip the water out.
TOSS. Grass clippings, leaves, firewood and piles of mulch are places mosquitoes like to lurk. Our customers tell us that woods bordering their property were the most troublesome spots in their yard, mostly because of the accumulation of debris in the yard. Yard debris, including leaves, small twigs and plants, can also accumulate underneath decks, in gutters and at roof lines. Toss it all out!
TURN. Walk your yard every few days and turn over items that could hold water and trash. Look for children’s portable sandboxes, slides or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts; in plant saucers, empty pots, light fixtures and dog water bowls.
REMOVE TARPS. You may have a tarp or cover over your firewood pile, portable fire place, recycling cans, boat, sports equipment or grill. If it is not taut, it may be holding water.
TAKE CARE. Taking care of your home can increase your property values and decrease your chance of mosquito bites. Regularly clean out your gutters and make sure the downspout is attached properly. Re-grade areas where water stands more than a few hours, and make sure that all fallen branches and hollow trees or logs are removed. Check irrigation systems to ensure that they aren’t leaking and causing a breeding haven for mosquitoes.
TEAM UP. It takes a village! Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito, and tick, control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.
TREAT. Utilize Mosquito Squad of Greenville’s mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard reduces the need for using bug spray on you and your family.
In addition to taking these seven steps to mosquito elimination, Mosquito Squad of Greenville urges you to consider donating $1 to Malaria No More’s Power of One (Po1) campaign, where a $1 donation provides a life-saving test and treatment for a child in Africa. Donating is easy at SwatMalaria.net.
This summer, protecting your family and protecting children in Africa could not be easier. One click to donate and one phone call to Mosquito Squad of Greenville is all it takes. Let’s control mosquitoes in Greenville and Africa together. 864-277-4299.