As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
You're sound asleep when the high whine begins. Is it a fly? No, a quick flip of the light switch reveals the most dreaded enemy of the insect kingdom – a mosquito. It wouldn't be so bad if it were alone, but this pest seems to have brought all of his friends. If you are dealing with a mosquito plague indoors, you will need to find where they are coming from before you can annihilate the pests.
Check the Perimeter
A few mosquitoes in your home likely means they made their way in from outdoors. If you have a full scale invasion, you may need to inspect closer to home to find the source. Mosquito problems usually begin with standing water, which provides the optimum place for them to breed. Likely spots in and around the home include:
Pooled water or water leaks in the basement or crawl space beneath your home.
Condensation build-up in your air conditioner's drip tray.
A water leak in the attic or ceiling.
Holes in siding or roof fascia boards that are collecting moisture.
Water collected in basement window wells.
Buckets or bowls of water, such as a little used animal food bowl, in an attached garage.
Some sources you can remove on your own, such as a bucket of water. For those in the roof, under the house, around the AC, or in other areas requiring a repair, you may need to bring in an outside contractor to fix the issue. Fortunately, that mosquito may actually have done you a favor by bringing your attention to an unknown problem – but you don't have to consider it a hero!
Take It to the Field
You can't find any breeding grounds inside, so now you have to go out into the trenches to meet your foe. Before stepping outside, shore up your indoor defenses. Repair damaged window screens and make sure there are no gaps around windows and doors. These little pests are very adept at getting indoors through even the smallest gap.
Once the home is secure, survey your yard for potential mosquito barracks. Once again, any place with standing water can harbor the enemy. Turn buckets, empty pots, and bowls upside down so they can't hold water. Check the sprinkler box for leaks, and verify there are no wet spots in the yard. If you find a water problem, get it fixed ASAP.
Water features are another problem area. Mosquitoes tend to breed on still water, so adding a pump or fountain may get rid of the problem. You can use a pond insecticide to prevent breeding. If a bird bath or pet's water bowl is the cause, get in the habit of emptying it out and cleaning it daily. This ensures that any eggs won't make it to adulthood, so you can rest easy at night. If these steps don't annihilate your mosquito problem, then contact an extermination company like Bug Busters Inc.Share
10 March 2015