After the Rain, Dump 'N Drain
While rain is helpful in flushing way mosquito eggs from the toasty undergorund temperatures (yes, they hide in storm drains and channels), now there is a ton of water in our yards!
The best time to mosquito-proof your home is in between these winter rain events. Remember to Tip, and Toss stagnant water once a week because mosquitoes grow in 7 days.
Your actions now will destroy the mosquito eggs that are "hibernating" this winter in your yard and waiting to hatch when it's warm again.
Check your yard for these hiden sources:
And don't forget to check for ...
- Rain barrels: Check for any holes in the barrel or tears in the mesh. Any opening is an invitation for mosquitoes to lay more than 1,000 eggs inside your rain barrel.
- Small containers like plant saucers: Toss them if they're old/cracking. Tip out any stagnant water.
- Larger water-holding containers like buckets or old tires: Toss them or put them somewhere where water cannot collect.
- Swimming pools: It may be too cold for a dip, but that doesn't mean you let the maintenance slip! Three million mosquitoes can emerge out of an unmaintained pool.