During the warmer months of spring, summer and fall, you probably enjoy being outside during a backyard barbecue or various other outside activities. However, there is one threat that may keep you from staying outdoors for too long. That threat is mosquitoes. Given the right conditions, mosquitoes can multiply and become such a problem that you are unable to be outdoors.

Mosquitoes pose a threat because they carry harmful diseases such as West Nile virus and encephalitis. A mosquito can transmit these diseases to you and your pets with a single bite. This makes mosquito control extremely important. You want to be able to go outdoors and not have to worry about being bitten and infected by a mosquito. If your pets spend significant time outdoors, you'll want to protect them as well.

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. However, they can remain active all day which can decrease the quality of your outdoor time whether it is night or day. You will want to make your home inhospitable to mosquitoes by eliminating areas that encourage breeding. Such areas would include any standing water that you might find in water bowls, buckets, flower pots and any other place where water can collect.

Since mosquitoes can pose a serious threat to your health, you will not only want to eliminate breeding areas, but you will want to consider a customized home mosquito control program. Such a program can help eliminate mosquitoes in your yard. This can allow you and your pets to enjoy the outdoors, day or night, without having to worry about being bitten. You will have peace of mind knowing you and your family are protected.