Source reduction is a method of controlling mosquitoes when they are in their larval stage. Mosquitoes require standing water for 2 phases of their life cycle. The goal of source reduction is to destroy these water habitats so mosquitoes don’t have a chance to emerge in their adult stage. This also greatly reduces the need to use pesticides in mosquito control. Some do-it-yourself methods of source reduction you can do at home include:
- Get rid of any standing water in and around your home (buckets, toys, food bowls, tarps, old tires, flowerpots).
- Install gutter guards to prevent clogs.
- Change out water in wading pools, fountains, and bird baths once a week.
- Treat swimming pool water.
Some other home mosquito prevention tips you can do also include:
- Install screens on windows and doors.
- Make sure screens are in good repair.
- Seal the edges of screens and doorways.
- Close any gaps in windows, doors, and walls.
- Use insect repellent when outdoors.
- Wear long sleeves when possible if you must be outdoors.
If you suspect you have a problem with mosquitoes, contact a professional pest control company for an evaluation and treatment plan.