Don't Let Mosquitos Suck The Fun Out Of Your Summer

As temperatures continue to creep higher, so does the number of pesky insects. One pest in particular, though, can ruin any outdoor gathering: the mosquito. These blood-thirsty pests can make homeowners and their guests miserable. And what's worse, they also transmit the potentially dangerous West Nile Virus.

Be sure to take advantage of the following tips to minimize the presence of mosquitos this summer:

  • Empty birdbaths and kiddie pools at least once a week to eliminate breeding grounds in the back yard.
  • Remove pots, saucers or other items that might collect and hold water. If these items are going unused, consider storing them upside down.
  • Keep gutters clean so water does not accumulate. Any water that stands for seven days or longer can breed mosquitos.
  • Even the smallest of containers that collect water can can breed hundreds to thousands of mosquitos. Check children's toys, leaky faucets and tarps.
  • Be aware of peak mosquito hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many species of mosquitos. Take extra care to wear protective clothing during evening and early morning.
  • Many mosquitos like to come indoors. Keep them outside with well-fitting screens on both windows and doors.
  • Mosquitos are attracted to sweet scents. Avoid scented lotions and strong perfumes.