Quick tips to prevent mosquitos

Mosquitos – those little creatures that can be a big annoyance and even a danger to your health. With Puerto Vallarta’s rainy season, these pests come out in their largest numbers and while we do not have a problem with Zika virus in our region, mosquitos can certainly cause you a sleepless night as they buzz about your room. Of course, using a DEET repellant is the most preventative measure against getting bitten, but better yet is to limit the number of mosquitos around your Puerto Vallarta property. We have some quick tips to prevent mosquitos in the rainy season.

  • Remove standing water from around your home at least once per week. Check places and items that can hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flower pot saucers, and trash containers. These items should be should be emptied and scrubbed, turned over, covered, or, if no longer in use, recycled.
  • Be a community organizer and get your neighbors involved in checking and clearing your neighborhood of standing water.
  • Watch for city officials who will be paying visits to homes to treat fountains, septic tanks, and pool covers that hold water with safe larvicides, free of charge.
  • Be sure to always utilize your screen doors and windows. Though mosquitos are most plentiful in the early morning and early evening, they can find their way into your Puerto Vallarta home at any time of day.
  • If need be, visit Home Depot or other home supply stores for chemical solutions to lessen adult mosquito populations.

There are many organic options to assist with mosquito control (citronella, beeswax and soy candles, planting marigolds in your garden and neem oil, to name a few), the best way to combat mosquitos is preventing them from laying larvae in the first place. With an ounce of prevention, you can say a pound of aggravation this summer in Puerto Vallarta.

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