Mosquitos are annoying. They also carry diseases. Keeping them away from your home and family has probably taken up some of your time during past summers.
Savvy home improvement experts, including Renewal by Andersen® of Atlanta, agree that below are the most effective measures to prevent mosquitos at home.
1. Get Rid of Mosquito Habitats
Mosquitoes need water to breed. That is why you can normally find their larva in sources of standing water, such as clogged gutters, buckets, pools, potted plant trays, old tires and bird baths.
It is imperative to rid your house, especially the outdoor areas, of standing water as much as possible. If some of your amenities must have H2O, change their water once a week.
2. Let Your Lawn Dry for a While
Mosquito eggs are resilient; they can bide their time before continuing their development to become adults. These insects can lay their offspring in mulch, foliage and other moist areas where eggs can hatch mosquito larvae. They can wait for months and suspend their maturity until there is enough water around.
If you can afford not to water your yard for a while, it can help prevent mosquitoes from reaching adulthood.
3. Eliminate Gaps Around Windows and Doors
Make sure all of your fenestration units are airtight to deny entry to insects, especially mosquitoes. When buying new patio doors, choose made-to-measure products. Compared to off-the-shelf units, custom door systems are likelier to stay draft-free and bug-resistant for many years.
4. Use Insect Screens
Buy insect screens, if you do not have them already. The problem is many products on the market are rather flimsy. Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta’s insect screens come with a 10-year warranty, guaranteeing them to be free from manufacturing, material and workmanship defects.