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While there are no known active malaria transmission cases in the United States, taking steps to ensure a mosquito-free environment helps reduce the risks of any kind of infection. In recognition of World Malaria Day on April 25th, Infinity Home Improvements lists areas in your home that you should inspect to avoid mosquitoes.

World Malaria Day: 4 Areas to Inspect to Avoid Mosquitoes

  1. Containers That Carry Water — Mosquitoes need standing water only a few eighths of an inch deep to breed. Any small container that can contain water—from the rain, from when you’ve watered your garden or from when they were used and weren’t emptied completely—can potentially be a mosquito breeding ground. Inspect your yard for small pools of water, empty cans, old tires or any similar container. Empty these containers and make sure to dry them out completely before disposing or putting them back.

  1. Gutters — Standing water in gutters is far less noticeable because it’s not readily visible from the ground. Nevertheless, it should still be addressed. Have the gutters repaired by a professional if you notice the gutters are drooping, as it can impede proper flow within the gutters and cause standing water. A gutter protection system like Gutter Helmet® can help minimize the chances of mosquitoes breeding in the gutters. In fact, you can forget about cleaning gutters with gutter guards installed.

  1. Bushes and Crowns of Trees — Mosquitoes like to stay in shaded areas that are protected from the wind. This is why it’s a good idea to keep the trees around the house trimmed, with at least a 10-foot clearance from the roof surface. It is also a good idea to keep the bushes trimmed and free from weeds.

  1. Mulch and Wet Dirt — Mosquitoes can also lay their eggs in mulch and wet dirt if no standing water is present. If you have a compost pit, make sure it’s always covered to avoid mosquitoes laying eggs in it. Mosquitoes typically have a one-week egg-to-adult cycle. Turning the mulch every few days can deprive the larvae of much-needed air, preventing them from going beyond the larval stage.

Infinity Home Improvements is the number one provider of Gutter Helmet®. You can forget about cleaning gutters with gutter guards installed. Give us a call at (800) 824-3772 or fill out our contact form. We serve clients in Wyoming, Michigan and surrounding areas.