Nothing can ruin a backyard picnic like mosquitos harassing you and your guests. With summer weather in full swing, now is when mosquitos thrive—even with the current droughts in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. Here are some actions people in Springfield, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Enfield, and surrounding areas can take today to start reducing mosquito numbers.
Keep It Dry
Mosquitos propagate by laying their eggs in water. Search for locations of standing water. Some of the most common places that water collects include pool covers, birdbath, and flowerpots.
Clean your gutters regularly to keep water from pooling throughout the season. Check out the National Pest Management Association’s guide to water sources on your property for a thorough list.
Avoidance Is the Best Defense
Mosquitos are active during all parts of the day but even more so during dusk and dawn. Avoid being out during those times to lower your exposure. When you are out during those times, wear long sleeves and pants to reduce mosquito bite areas. Try a lite SPF sun hoodie to reduce bite exposure. They are a lite, stretchy, breathable fabric that works well with a lite treatment of repellent. Follow our guide to proper repellant application to improve your protection further. Lastly, ensure screens on doors and windows are fully intact and doors are kept closed.
Call in the Pros
Undeniably, the best way to reduce your family and property’s exposure to mosquitos is to have professionals treat your property for mosquitos. The difference between GPS and other providers is our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to treatment and prevention. We do more than just show up once a month to hose down your bushes with repellent. We know what to look for when it comes to breeding spots and resting areas. GPS will identify problem areas and treat the underlying cause of mosquitos on your property.
Learn more about mosquitos and how to avoid them with our Frequently Asked Questions Guide:
The team at Graduate Pest Solutions can help keep your picnic a positive experience. Call us at 413-566-8222 or contact us with any questions or if you are experiencing a pest problem. We have the knowledge and the services necessary to help keep your home pest-free!