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4 Ways Orange City Residents Are Knocking Out Mosquitoes

The city of Orange City, like its surrounding communities, is a bustle with exciting new activity as our area grows and new homeowners join the fold. This time of year, the weather in Florida is so beautiful. The sun is out, and it’s not so hot that it’s driving people inside (though that day will come). This beautiful weather may be deceiving to our newest residents. Between the pristine weather and the fact that the pests have yet to make their way out of hiding, new homeowners to our area might think there is little else to do this spring and summer but enjoy their new outdoor spaces. However, as long-term residents of the area know, the weather will continue to warm up, and outside pests will become increasingly problematic around the same time we all head outdoors. One culprit that keeps Orange City homeowners from enjoying their properties is mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance, but they are known to carry diseases like Zika and West Nile viruses.

We know all of that sounds a little depressing, but we have some good news. Residents of Orange City and the surrounding areas don’t have to let pesky mosquitoes get in the way of their outdoor fun. We’ve compiled a list of four simple yet necessary steps you can take to knock out your mosquito problem just in time for summer.

1. They’re Cleaning Their Gutters

Orange city is covered with beautiful oak trees. It’s one of the things that residents of our town love most about the community. One of the downsides to big beautiful oak trees is lots of falling leaves starting fall and winter. Those leaves eventually fall into homeowners’ gutters, backing them up and creating opportunities for standing water. As we will continue to touch on throughout this article, allowing standing water to collect on your property is the easiest way to find yourself with a mosquito problem. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, the larvae hatch and grow in the water, and within a short period, your home is buzzing with itchy bugs. It doesn’t require much water to develop mosquitoes. As you prepare to enjoy more time outside in the coming months, add cleaning out the gutters to your to-do list.

2. They’re Choosing Better Lighting

Bright lights draw Mosquitoes and other pests. We’re sure you can conjure an image in your mind of bugs swarming around a porch light on some beautiful summer evening during your childhood. Since mosquitoes are attracted to the light, the lighting most likely to deter mosquitoes from your home is yellow lighting. While this might not be ideal for your evening parties, it may help keep the bugs at bay. Additionally, we recommend investing in outdoor fans that keep the air moving and keep bugs from hanging around. It’s a lot of work for mosquitoes to fly against the wind in hopes of finding a person to nibble on. So by installing ceiling fans or other outdoor fans, you’re creating a less habitable environment for mosquitoes.

3. They’re Eliminating Standing Water

We talked once about standing water regarding gutters, but that isn’t the only place where stagnant water becomes a problem for homeowners. During the rainy months of Florida, it’s hard to keep track of an errant bucket or a full birdbath, but the more you allow water to stand in containers without moving, the more likely you are to have mosquitoes. Of course, this doesn’t just refer to containers. If you have a lawn with poor drainage, the rain might cause puddles that can also quickly become home to mosquito larvae. Spend some time outside each week tipping over buckets, emptying kiddie pools, and eliminating any other opportunities for mosquito growth. Additionally, if you want to have water features in your yard but are concerned about mosquito growth, make sure to add a pump or other feature to create movement in the water. Prevention is an excellent form of pest control.

4. They’re Calling In The Pest Control Professionals

Finally, in conjunction with all of the tips we’ve already mentioned, the best method for getting rid of mosquitoes in your yard is to hire a professional pest control company. You can control many factors on your property, but you can’t control the world around you. That’s why it matters when you hire a dependable professional pest control company that comes out regularly to spray your yard and protect it from pests like mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other biting insects. Excellent, consistent pest control will enable your family to enjoy your property without worrying about bugs throughout the summer. Not all pest control companies are created the same. Our team at Holder Pest Control are experts in helping homeowners in the Orange City area keep their families safe.

We’re in the pest control business but were also in the business of helping families enjoy their homes (inside and out) without worrying about annoying or dangerous pests disturbing their fun. If you’re in the market for a pest company you can trust. Call us today for a free estimate and learn more about our other services.