Controlling mosquitoes around your business can be one of the most frustrating parts of the summer months. Mosquitoes are known to carry many diseases, and you should be proactively trying to limit you and your customer’s exposure to them. Fortunately, there are ways you can landscape specifically for mosquito control.
Remove Sitting Water
Your first objective when it comes to mosquito control should be to walk your property after you water or after a heavy rain. Identify any area where water collects for a prolonged period of time. Areas of standing water are prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. Your landscaping team can help create channels for water to flow out and away from your building.
Watch Your Downspouts
Areas around your gutters and downspouts are another place that mosquitoes tend to gather. Moisture builds up in piles of wet leaves and debris, creating another safe haven for mosquitoes to nest. Your landscaping team should already be raking up grass clippings and dead leaves. Putting screens over gutters will also help prevent debris from piling up in unwanted areas.
Spraying for Mosquitoes
In addition to natural methods of mosquito control there are also several industrial-strength insecticides made to keep mosquitoes at bay. Your landscaping professionals can recommend the appropriate type of spray for your landscape, and apply it throughout the mosquito season. Keep in mind that insecticides wash away with time, so it will require regular upkeep.
Manage Your Trash
Most businesses have a designated area for trash to be collected outside of the building. Unfortunately dumpsters and enclosed trash bins tend to trap water and attract mosquitoes. Make sure that your trash area is being well maintained and kept clean to prevent all kinds of pests from coming in.
Keep An Eye On Water Features
If your company’s landscape makes use of popular water features, such as a pond, fountain or birdbath, you need to be extremely diligent about your maintenance. While these types of accessories can add a particularly elegant appeal to your landscape, they can also be a source of mosquito control problems. If you already have a landscaping team caring for them, they should be dumping and cleaning the water every week or every other week. Making sure pumps and filters are working properly in ponds and fountains is extremely important lest they become large scale breeding grounds for insects.
No matter what type of landscaping you currently have, there are plenty of ways for your landscaping professionals to help you keep mosquitoes away. Mosquitoes love moisture and standing water, so taking the time to ensure that water always has a place to go and isn’t collecting around your building is the key to keeping your landscape mosquito free. Once you have taken steps to prevent mosquitoes from moving in, you can also spray around the building to get rid of any insects that are already there.