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The month of July is prime mosquito breeding season. With that in mind, it is our duty as homeowners to make sure these pesky pests don’t stand a chance in multiplying and spread diseases to our community. Mr. Fix It, your local source of gutter shield products, shares ways you can prevent or at least control their growth.

Installing Insect Screens

An insect screen on your window or door can help provide your interior added protection against these insects. The fine-mesh type is preferred since it is constructed to stop such insects from entering your home.

Eliminating Standing Water

The most effective way every person can tackle the problem of mosquitoes is to remove standing water. It is found everywhere—inspect your yard and you might find some stagnant water taking the shape of certain items lying around. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs on them. Before these eggs complete their life cycle, remove any standing water that may have collected in items such as buckets, pet dishes, old tires and flower pots. Replace bird bath water with a fresh water every once in a while.

Cleaning Your Gutters

Inspect your gutter system for clogs. Leaves from nearby trees and other debris may have collected on a gutter section, plugging up the drain to the downspout. They are easily overlooked, but a flooded gutter system can produce hundreds of mosquitoes every season. That said, be sure to remove them right away. Not only will you keep your home mosquito-free, but you also prevent your gutters from incurring damage.

To prevent this from happening again, consider investing in a gutter shield that blocks leaves, pine needles and other debris from your gutters. Gutter Helmet® is a gutter protection system that protects your home from the harmful effects of clogged gutters, built-up of rainwater and insect infestation. CAll (800) 824-3772 to learn more about this product or fill out our contact form. We serve residents of Ashland, Virginia.