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Make It Harder for Mosquitoes to Get a Foothold on Your Property!

Eliminating standing water and algae will make your property less attractive to mosquitoes.While mosquitoes can live almost anywhere there is water and heat, they tend to thrive in areas that provide the perfect breeding ground for them – standing water. And with the ever-growing concern over the spread of the Zika virus – which is spread by various species of mosquitoes – it is now more important than ever that people take precautions to prevent mosquitoes from getting a foothold on their property.

If mosquitoes are present on your property, Ryan Lawn & Tree has a solution. We will apply our Mosquito Guard Program, creating a barrier around your property to keep mosquitoes out for up to 4 weeks. We send only licensed Mosquito Professionals to inspect your entire property, and then treat foliage areas and other mosquito breeding grounds around your property – with up to 7 applications of Mosquito Guard per year. Mosquito Guard is completely safe for people and pets, and does no damage to your landscape and plants.

With that being said, here are some ways to help eradicate mosquitoes from your property:

  • Eliminate Standing Water – Mosquitoes can set up shop and start a breeding regime within the smallest amount of standing water – such as might be stored in a small pot, a trash can lid, or an area of standing water in your yard. Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in any stagnant water that has a food source, such as algae or other insect larvae. The simple act of eliminating vessels or areas of standing water from your property can cause mosquitoes to move on to a more friendly mosquito-family environment.

Move the water in ponds with a fountain pump to keep mosquitoes away.If your home is on a lake, or if you have a pond on your property, there are still some things you can do to make it harder for mosquitoes to live around your home:

  • Reduce Shoreline Vegetation – Once the mosquitoes hatch, they need to take shelter in shoreline plants. If these plants are trimmed or eliminated using an environmentally-safe herbicide, the adult mosquitoes will fly off to the nearest vegetation stand.
  • Eliminate Algae – Developing mosquito larvae need algae as a source of nutrition. Using an algaecide eliminates the major food source for the mosquitoes.
  • Stir the Waters – If you have a pond on your property, adding pumped-in oxygen that moves the water creates a hostile environment for mosquito breeding. It also makes it harder for algae to grow in your pond, thus reducing a favored food source for mosquito larvae.

These steps should help reduce the mosquito population around your home. Combining these steps with Ryan Lawn & Tree’s Mosquito Guard Program should give you the strongest combination of strategies for keeping you safe from mosquitoes all summer long.

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