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Mosquito Tips: Take the Bite Out of Dealing With These Bothersome Bugs

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Mosquito issues in Texas went from bad to worse last year with traps and testing for the Zika virus, but in general, mosquito season throughout the state and, in particular, the Texas Hill Country, tends to leave a bad taste in your mouth (and not theirs, unfortunately). As Texans, we already know we’re tasty…but dang! Mosquitos can not only be a hassle, however, they can sometimes be dangerous. Protecting yourself around your home and on your property is something we all have to keep in the forefront of our minds. Here are three tips to help take the bite out of dealing with mosquito season.

1. Remove Standing Water

Mosquito Tips: Take the Bite Out of Dealing With These Bothersome Bugs

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Wherever possible, remove standing water. It can collect in everything (including small divots in your lawn, small toys, and pet dishes) and becomes a breeding ground for mosquitos. If the container is something you need to keep (i.e. a birdbath or a stock tank) consider contacting a professional service for the appropriate way to treat it – both effective and environmentally friendly.

2. Keep the Lawn Cut and Possibly Serviced

Mosquito Tips: Take the Bite Out of Dealing With These Bothersome Bugs

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Although standing water is a great breeding source for mosquitos, some of their species will also lay eggs on the ground, making a lawn of any size appealing. Maintaining your lawn through regular cuttings can work to disrupt this process, while you consider the possibility of hiring a service to inspect and quote for a lawn treatment. Again, keeping in mind both environmental friendliness and the health of your family, professionals can recommend a spray service that is safe for all as well as your lawn, leaving your family free to enjoy the great outdoors.

3. Encourage Natural Predators

Mosquito Tips: Take the Bite Out of Dealing With These Bothersome Bugs

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Encouraging the natural predators of mosquitoes can be as easy as making the habitat around your home dragonfly, turtle, and frog-friendly. Once more, look to professionals to assist in terms of how best to pursue these options with respect to the previous water and lawn care points. Also know that with their insight (including that of landscapers), you can not only beautify and improve your property, but you’ll also be helping the natural food chain.