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We all know that mosquitoes lay their eggs in areas with standing water. But what most of us don’t realize is that these breeding grounds are often barely noticeable. We go on with our daily routines while mosquitoes breed under our very noses. Take it from a pest control Philippines expert, standing water doesn’t always have to be in a pond. If you’re looking for ways to stop dengue at its tracks, here’s our short guide on mosquito breeding spots around your home that you need to start checking.
If you unknowingly leave your trash can uncovered outside, this means that you’re letting rain and dew collect at the bottom of the can. And we all know that a few inches of standing water is already enough to start a little mosquito family. What could be worse than a mosquito family bred in disgusting trash water? To keep trash cans mosquito free, replace your old cans with tight lidded ones. Or if you’re handy, you can drill a small hole at the bottom of your cans so that any collected water will easily be drained.
We’re talking about piles of lumber scraps, old hub caps, mop buckets, and even worn out tires. If it can collect standing water, you can be sure that it can be turned into a mosquito breeding ground. If there’s no way that you can clear out your backyard clutter completely, try doing weekly checks to see if you have any potential mosquito breeding areas. This way, you’ll be able to dump out anything that has collected standing water on a regular basis.
If you own a swimming pool, you’re probably thinking there’s no way mosquitoes can breed there. It takes a lot of effort (and money) to keep your pool clean. But what you don’t know is that the chemical balance to repel mosquitoes and other pests found in water treatments usually only last for a week. After that, it’s a free for all. Next time you take a dip in your pool, check around if there’s any trace for a potential mosquito infestation.
Lastly, check your plumbing system for leaks or open pipes that can be a viable spot for mosquitoes to breed. If you find any exposed pipes that don’t get flushed often, it’s time to set a regular cleaning schedule. Open pipes are a favourite breeding spots for mosquitoes since these often go unattended. Don’t forget to also check your hoses and make sure that you purchase a spray nozzle so that they remain sealed when not in use. Have any tips on how to prevent another dengue outbreak that you’d care to share? Let us know in the comments section below.