Just like the summer months, fall in Canada is short... way too short! Protect your property from mosquitoes and ticks and prepare for the summer season ahead with these branded mosquito.buzz control tips for the fall season.
Deal With Your Boats
Make sure to store your boats properly when closing down the cottage for the season. Flipping over your kayaks and canoes or storing your boats in a marina over the winter are two foolproof ways of lessening the number of breeding mosquitoes on your property.
Get Rid Of Leaves
We love orange leaves, but that doesn't mean we want them piled up on our property! Ticks, after all, love to rest and hide in leaf piles and dense foliage.
To reduce the chances of tick encounters this fall, get rid of any leaf litter or weeds at the edge of your lawn, and remove brush and leaves around stone walls or wood piles.
Know Where To Expect Ticks
Knowing how to avoid tick-prone areas is just as important as knowing what to do once you have a tick on you. Ticks like wooded areas, abandoned fields, long grasses, leaf litter, wood piles and low lying vegetation such as shrubs and bushes, so make sure to avoid these areas when walking with your family and pets this fall.
Wear Light Coloured Clothing
Heading out for an autumn hike this weekend? Be sure to put on some light and bright athletic attire! Wearing light coloured clothing during tick season can help you spot potential ticks more easily.
Clean The Gutters
Yes, we know; cleaning the gutters is not everyone's favourite fall chore. But it IS an important part of winterizing and pest-proofing your property, as wet leaves are ideal for insect breeding and gathering!
Tidy Up Your Property
Make sure that your property is spick and span before fall turns to winter. Go for a walk around the cottage or home and get rid of anything that doesn't need to be there; kids toys, flower pots, tarps, helmets... whatever could give mosquitoes a place to hide and plan out their summer attacks.
Items like tires are notorious for breeding thousands of mosquitoes, since they not only carry standing water but also provide some insulation for larvae. These things should all be removed from your property and stored in a place where mosquitoes can't get to them
Inspect Your Property For Damage
Before you settle down and relax for the winter, look for cracks, crevices, broken screens or holes around the perimeter of your property.
By performing this important maintenance check, the hope is to prevent pests from entering your property during the next year.