April Showers Bring More than Just Flowers

April Showers Bring More than Just Flowersapril showers

Flowers are beginning to bloom and temperatures are more pleasant each day, signaling that spring is officially upon us. However these April showers will bring more than just the beautiful flowers. With the added moisture and rising temperatures, mosquitoes and other insects are soon to be in full force, revving up for the summer months ahead. Along with how annoying mosquitoes can be, they can also carry harmful diseases such as West Nile and Zika. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy the spring weather without the annoying mosquitos and insects.

Survey Your Property for Areas of Stagnant Water

April showers kindle numerous areas of stagnant water that will act as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Monitor your yard for any areas where rainwater can collect, such as pots, garbage can lids and patio furniture. Try to replace birdbath water and pet dishes daily. You can also add drain holes in the bottom of your garbage cans to avoid any hidden stagnant water. Make sure your gutters and drains are working properly and cleared of any debris to keep water flowing. You may also need to consider constructing a drainage system if your yard doesn’t drain and absorb the rain quick enough.

Fill in the Gaps in Your Home

Those April shower droplets may show you where your house has a few leaks. Be sure to seal those up to not only prevent water damage, but also to prevent insects from getting inside your home. To prevent mosquitoes and other bugs from entering your home, make sure your window and door screens do not have any holes in them and that all gaps are filled.

Think Outside the Box

If you have a decorative pond on your property, you may want to consider introducing a natural predator of mosquitoes into the water. Copepods and mosquito-eating fish can get the job done and prevent mosquito larvae from advancing. Koi, Sarasa Comets or Shubunkins are fish that get to work controlling the spread of mosquitoes and can add to the décor of your aquatic piece.

Be Prepared For April Shower Mosquitoes with NET effect Insect Repellent

Avoid mosquito bites this spring and summer by applying NET effect insect repellent. NET effect keeps pests away with a pleasant citrus smelling roll-on applicator that goes on smooth and light. NET effect is produced with DEET, the most effective ingredient in repelling mosquitoes and other harmful insects. For a travel-friendly bottle of NET effect, visit our online store via the “Shop” page of our website.