Beating the Bloodsuckers: Seasonal Mosquito Control

Don’t get bitten!

One of the best things about summer is the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. One of the worst things about summer is dealing with the biting pests that are often found outdoors. We’re talking about mosquitoes, of course, and they can turn any barbecue or block party into a disaster in a hurry. In order to make the most of your outdoor time, you need to take proactive steps to get the mosquito population under control.

First, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll need to limit opportunities for mosquitoes to breed. Mosquito eggs need to be laid in standing water, and since that’s not always easy to come by in Arizona, they’ll swarm to whatever puddles they can find. Here are some ways to eliminate those breeding pools:

• If you have a swimming pool, keep it clean and chlorinated, even when you’re not using it.

• Clear your property of anything that could collect water, such as discarded bottles and cans.

• Keep your gutters clean and free of clogs to prevent water from pooling inside.

• If you’re going to store garbage or recycling containers outdoors, drill holes in the bottom to allow water to drain completely.

• Empty anything that contains water, such as pet bowls and saucers under flower pots, every two to three days.

• If you have an ornamental pool, you’ll need to either aerate it to keep the water moving or stock it with mosquito-eating fish.

• After every rain, walk around your property and check for areas that don’t drain well. Regrade the area if puddles are still left standing after four days.

Remember that adult mosquitoes prefer tall grass or weeds as a habitat. Regularly mowing your lawn and pulling weeds will help keep mosquitoes away from your home.

Use basic mosquito control systems in and around your home. Make sure your window screens are 16-18 mesh and fit snugly. Any gaps or holes in or around the screens create opportunities for mosquitoes to get in. Check your screens regularly to make sure they’re still in good repair.

Outside your home, consider replacing your existing outdoor lights with plain yellow “bug” lights. Contrary to popular belief, those lights don’t actually repel mosquitoes, or, for that matter, other insects. They are, however, much less likely to attract mosquitoes and other unwelcome pests to your home.

Mosquito control isn’t just about getting rid of a nuisance; mosquito bites can be dangerous, and preventing them will help protect your family’s health and safety. At Burns Pest Control, we specialize in keeping mosquitoes and other dangerous pests well away from Phoenix and Tucson homes and residents. Visit us online at