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winning the battle against intruding pests

I live in the country and I love it. I love the seclusion, the peace and the wildlife that fills my yard through the changing seasons. What I don't like are the pests that try to make themselves at home inside my home. I have gone through many battles over the years with the different insects and rodents that intrude and have been able to win most battles fairly easily. I built this blog with the hopes of helping others who suffer from the same determined pests that I have find a way to get them out of their homes for good.

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What Things Can You Do During Fall to Get Rid of Mosquitoes?

Mosquito populations tend to die down in the fall, and as such, most people stop placing so much focus on mosquito season at this time of year. However, fall is actually a perfect time to get a little ahead of the game in terms of pest control. There are a few things you can do right now to ensure that when spring returns, your yard won't be overridden by these buzzing, biting insects.

Clean out your gutters.

Wait until the leaves have mostly fallen from the trees, and then do a thorough job of cleaning out your gutters. All you really need to do is scoop the gunk out, using a gloved hand, and toss it in the trash. If you leave any debris in the gutters over the winter, that debris will be rotten by springtime. It will trap moisture in the gutters, making them the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. 

Fill in low spots.

Pay attention to where rain is accumulating on and after rainy days. These same areas will get wet when spring arrives, and then mosquitoes will start breeding there. If you fill them in now, this won't be an issue when spring arrives. Plus, fall is a good time to plant cool-season grasses. You can buy a few bags of topsoil from your local garden store, dump them into the low spots, pack the soil down a little bit, and then sprinkle on some grass seed. (Cover it in straw if it has been windy; this will help keep it from blowing away.)

Drag your pond.

If you have a pond on your property, it can easily become a breeding grounds for mosquitoes if the water stays stagnant and there's too much organic matter in the pond. You can remedy this situation by having the pond dragged in the fall. Basically, a pond care company can come in and turn over the matter at the bottom of the pond. This will oxygenate the pond so that it does not develop so much algae growth, which will also make it less appealing to mosquitoes.

Don't wait until spring to worry about mosquitoes. These tiny, disease-carrying insects can populate an area quickly if conditions are right, so you need to be proactive if you don't want to deal with them. If you'd like to learn more about fall (and spring) pest control, contact local mosquito control services.