When the temperature rises and the sun shines brighter, many families turn to the pool for a little cool off. But if your St. Louis home happens to be surrounded by mosquitoes, hanging out by the pool could be far from fun. Most mosquitoes are ruthless and will send you running for the house or left with itchy, red welts from bites. Since thousands of mosquitoes are born each day near many homes, it is important that homeowners learn how to control them and prevent their bites.
Although they are a major nuisance, mosquitoes are an important part of the ecosystem as they are food to many other insects and critters. Without them our entire ecosystem would be thrown out of balance. But this does not mean we have to allow them to come near us. Their bites are like an injection into our skin and some mosquitoes carry harmful pathogens including West Nile Virus and Malaria.
The key in preventing mosquitoes from biting you are to eliminate the sources of stagnant water in which they breed. Here are some tips to keep mosquitoes off your property and away from the pool:
Identify any things that are filling up with water around your property: toys, plant pots, cans, anything
Fill in holes that collect water when it rains
Clean out your gutters so that the debris doesn’t prevent water from draining
Make sure ditches are flowing with water, not stagnant
Keep the pool covered when not in use
Take pool toys inside so they do not sit with water in them
Many times preventative measures are not enough to really battle the mosquito masses. So even if you are careful to control mosquitoes on your property you may want to consider the mosquito control services from Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Our pest control technicians will identify mosquito breeding sites, carefully apply a treatment to help eliminate breeding, and then add a residual treatment to help control the adult, biting mosquitoes.
Another option which can really keep your pool days free of mosquito bites is the automatic mosquito misting system. This system uses strategically placed nozzles around your property in areas that are most prone to mosquito problems and then delivers a fine mist of mosquito protection. The mist will create a barrier to protect areas of your home from mosquitoes. The best part is that it is bio-degradable and made from a plant which means it is safer for the environment and your family.