(WGGB) — Summer is synonymous with many things: baseball, fireworks and unfortunately, mosquitoes.
They can ruin a summer barbecue faster than a rotten hamburger, and all the recent rain and warm weather makes it even worse.
Mosquitoes aren’t only a nuisance, but they can also be a health risk. There’s the constant threat of West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Enchepalitis
But with a little preventative maintenance and monitoring, you can gain the upper hand on mosquitoes.
One of the first things you should do is get rid of standing water.
“the thing is we are only looking for a very small amount of water. In fact, it only takes a soda bottle cap full of water to breed several hundred mosquitoes,” says Ken Frost, a mosquito control contractor.
You should empty bird baths, kiddie pools, flower pot saucers, and keep gutters clear.
If mosquitoes are still a problem, you should probably call in a professional.
Having someone come in you need to talk to them exactly about their experience in treating mosquitoes and then also ask what kind of chemicals and treatments they are going to use especially if you have children or pets,” adds Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.
Here’s something you may not know.
Several types of plants also act as a natural mosquito repellent. They avoid catnip, lavender, marigolds, basil and peppermint.