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How To DESTROY Mosquito Breeding Sites – Fayetteville Georgia Termite and Pest Control, Ennis Exterminating

How much do you LOVE Mosquitoes?  If you’re like most people, mosquitoes are not on the invitation list for your back yard.  In fact, you may have wondered for years how to UN-invite them from dinner around the patio table so you can enjoy using your outdoor living area without being pestered by the nuisance blood-suckers.

Do YOU want to know how to DESTROY mosquito breeding sites around your home?  Watch this short video to get an idea of how to get rid of mosquito breeding sites from your lawn and landscape.

Here is a short checklist of conditions in and around your yard that you can look out for and correct:

  • Throw away, or turn over, any containers that may collect water, such as jars, flower pots, wheel barrows, children’s toys or play pools.
  • Clean out pipes and gutters.  Make sure there is no standing water; clean out any dirt, leaves or debris that may be blocking the flow of water.
  • Repair leaky pipes and hose bibs around your home.  
  • Maintain a regular schedule of pool and hot-tub cleaning using the proper chemicals.  Drain swimming pools and hot-tubs that are no longer maintained or used.
  • Make sure outdoor garbage cans are covered.
  • Check you septic drain field to make sure water doesn’t accumulate.
  • Don’t let water sit on tarps, swimming pool covers or plastic sheeting over patio furniture. 
  • Get rid of old tires.  If you have a tire swing for children, drill holes in the bottom so that it does not hold water.
  • Watch out for ANYTHING ELSE that could be holding water around your home and either turn it over, throw it away, or drill a drain hole in the bottom of it to let the standing drain.

If you would like a mosquito breeding site analysis for your home, or maybe you have a simple question regarding mosquitoes or any other type of pest, Call (770) 716-0867 TODAY and ask for me, Glenn Laney . . . I’ll be happy to speak with you any time.

Here’s wishing YOU a PEST-FREE Day!

Glenn

PS:  And don’t forget to ask about our FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

Mosquitoes and ZIKA Virus – What do YOU need to know? – Fayetteville GA Pest Control and Termite Protection

Here at Ennis Exterminating, we LOVE being outdoors, and look forward to spring weather all winter long.  This is the time of year when it is so pleasant to be outside for both work and leisure. 

Imagine this . . . you’ve invited friends over to enjoy some thick, juicy, delicious steaks, you have some fresh vegetables ready to roast on the grill, a big pitcher of sweet tea, maybe an apple cobbler in the Dutch oven to cook over hot coals at the fire pit . . .and don’t forget the fresh home-made batch of vanilla bean ice cream to top it all off.  You are finally able to enjoy sitting outdoors now that the evening weather is perfect and our lovely Georgia pollen season has finished so you can hose that last layer of yellow off your patio furniture. 

Those days are just around the corner, EXCEPT for one problem . . . MOSQUITOES!!!  Mosquito season in Fayetteville, Senoia, Peachtree City, Brooks, Tyrone and pretty much the rest of Georgia is right around the corner.

There are two big things to think about regarding Mosquitoes in YOUR yard . . . Comfort and the possibility of illness, including Zika Virus

Comfort – Is it possible to enjoy your yard without mosquitoes biting you every time you go outside?  YES!  You can get a head start on mosquitoes by eliminating the following sources of standing water to reduce breeding sites around your home:

  • Bird baths – pour out and change water weekly
  • Clogged Gutters – get rid of leaf debris that keep them from draining properly.
  • Kids Toys – these don’t seem obvious, but plastic kid’s toys can hold LOTS of water and breed THOUSANDS of mosquitoes.
  • Tarps – While they’re meant to protect things from water, folds in tarps can hold enough water to breed multitudes of mosquitoes.
  • Any other container that holds standing water should be dumped, including: trash cans, flower pot drip trays, buckets, wheel barrows, old tires (just get rid of them) and even large pet watering bowls that take too long for Fluffy to drink.

Removing breeding sites won’t completely rid your yard of mosquitoes, but can make a difference.

Zika Virus – Unless you’ve been living under a rock . . . you’ve heard about the Zika Virus and probably have some questions.  Are we at risk in Georgia of a major Zika Virus outbreak?  Probably not, but read below to find out what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying about the disease. 

This is what the CDC is saying about documented cases of Zika Virus in the United States:

  • No local mosquito-borne Zika virus disease cases have been reported in US states, but there have been travel-associated cases.  
  • With the recent outbreaks, the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase.
  • 80% of cases will not be diagnosed.
  • These imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in some areas of the United States.

This is what the CDC KNOWS about the Zika Virus:

  • Zika can be spread from a pregnant woman to her baby during pregnancy.
  • Infection during pregnancies is linked to birth defects in babies.
  • Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.
  • Zika is not currently found in the continental US. The mosquitoes that can carry Zika are found in some areas of the US.
  • Because the mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the tropics, outbreaks will likely continue.
  • There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

This is what the CDC DOESN’T KNOW about the Zika Virus:

  • If there’s a safe time during your pregnancy to travel to an area with Zika.
  • If you do travel and are bitten: 1) How likely you are to get Zika AND 2) How likely it is that your baby will have birth defects from the infection.

THE BOTTOM LINE:  You can enjoy your lawn with greater comfort AND you need to be careful about mosquito bites.  Based on what is known right now, the likelihood of a major outbreak of Zika Virus in Georgia is low and the fear factor should be low also.  Remember, mosquitoes causing illness is nothing new even though the Zika Virus is news to us this year. 

If you’ve got a problem with mosquitoes in your yard and want to discuss a mosquito reduction plan…or maybe you simply have a question about mosquitoes or another type of household pest…call Ennis Exterminating at 770-716-0867 and ask for me, Glenn Laney. I’ll be happy to speak with you any time!

Here’s wishing YOU a PEST-FREE Day!

Glenn

PS:  And don’t forget to ask about our FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!