The Centers for Disease Control have advised that Puerto Rico residents “practice enhanced precautions” in terms of their response to the Zika virus that’s run rampant over the region already.

Because there currently isn’t any available vaccine or medicine for the Zika virus like there is for bacterial infections and antibiotics, anyone who owns a home or business in Puerto Rico needs to take special precautions.

The CDC lays out special guidelines for pregnant women who are at the highest risk, but there are a few steps that you can take to lower the odds that your home or business becomes a haven for mosquitoes.

Hurricane Maria that barreled into Puerto Rico created severe destruction in its path and left behind the standing water and humid breeding ground that mosquitoes like best. Here’s what you can do to stay safe:

Eliminate Standing Water Around Your Home

Take a walk around your home and look for ditches, birdbaths, or gutters running along the ground that could act as breeding sites for mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in stagnant, standing water like birdbaths.

So, if you have a birdbath or a kiddie pool in your backyard that’s been collecting water, it could already be a breeding ground. If in your walk around your house you find signs of larvae, then upend the receptacle or call a pest control specialist like Oliver Exterminating who can handle the problem for you.

You need to act quickly because the process of the mother mosquito laying the eggs and the eggs turning into adults and being capable of flying away (and biting!) is extremely quick—from start to finish about two weeks.

Each batch is around 500 eggs, so what looks like innocent standard water can quickly spiral out of control to become a big mosquito issue.

Use a Lawn Mowing Service

Keeping your lawn mown and choosing Oliver Exterminating lawn care for your home or business can reduce the chances of having big pockets of standing water in your lawn that might act as a breeding ground.

Consider Mosquito Control Rings

Mosquito control rings can be placed in ponds, pools, or birdbaths to reduce the chances that a female mosquito will lay her eggs there. These control rings are affordable for most families and can cover a 100 square foot area. This means that one ring could cover a small pond.

Mosquito control rings contain a safe, naturally occurring bacteria known as BT Israelensis that’s been shown to actually destroy the larvae (eggs) of mosquitoes for thirty days after you install the ring. These rings last up to 2 years and can be placed in water of any depth.

Clean Pools, Ponds, and Birdbaths

Speaking of a female mosquitoes larvae, did you know that mosquito larvae take in the algae that can grow in pools and standing water for food?

Algae, bacteria, and tiny organisms form the cornerstone of mosquito larvae’s diet, so cleaning algae where you see it is a great strategy for reducing the chances that mosquitoes will spawn and create a problem on your property.

If you’re a business owner with a fountain in front of your office, then know that algae can grow there too. Clear the surface of algae or install oxygenating plants to reduce algae naturally.

Have Your Yard Professionally Treated

Spraying lawn insect repellent on your lawn and shrubs to create a home barrier or safely applying granules with a fertilizer spreader are DIY solutions. For greater assurance and easy appointments, know that mosquito control and displacement is a core service at Oliver Exterminating.

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