No More Mosquitoes!
A Guide To Managing Mosquitoes
Temperatures are not the only thing on the rise during the summer. Mosquitoes thrive in the warmer and wetter summertime conditions, bringing itchy bites along with them. Fortunately, mosquito management has been thoroughly studied as a response to preventing large influxes of mosquito populations and the spreading of diseases. We have many ways to reduce the population of mosquitoes effectively through the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which our technicians follow in every home or business we protect.
How To Prevent Mosquitoes From Biting You:
We'll discuss larger environmental methods to reduce mosquito populations, but you'll probably want to avoid getting bit while implementing those strategies. The most common method is to apply bug spray. There are multiple ingredients that prove effective in these bug sprays, from varying concentrations of DEET to plant-based additives like lemon eucalyptus oils. You can also limit mosquito bites by wearing long sleeve clothing and specially designed clothes that have pesticides woven into the fabric.
How To Prevent Mosquito Breeding Around Your Home or Business:
Bug sprays can prevent adult mosquitos from feeding on you, but to effectively address mosquito control, you'll need to focus on every life cycle. From the eggs to larvae, there are many strategies to deploy. The first thing to do is address any standing water, which can be an easy breeding ground for mosquitoes. This begins with large bodies of water like a pool or backyard pond, but also hidden sources of water too.
Flooded Areas: You'll need to look for spots in your property that are prone to flooding after heavy rains. These spots might dry up after a day or two in the sun, but if they flood for a while, they are ideal breeding sites. Mosquitoes not only lay eggs on standing water but also around flood sites, since their eggs may only need a day in the water to hatch and begin morphing into larvae and adults. Look for uneven patches or holes in your property and fill them with soil or cement to avoid flooding.
Gutter Cleaning: Jampacked gutters are not only a liability for water damage around your home, they also retain water and become breeding sites for mosquitoes. Take out the ladder and start cleaning or install gutter guards that prevent clogs in the first place.
Mosquito Traps: Mosquito traps can be hung around your home or business and lure mosquitoes with certain compounds that they are attracted to. This can greatly reduce populations around your home from time to time, but should not be a standalone measure.
Dripping Faucets: Dripping faucets can lead to localized erosion and perpetual wet spots that mosquitoes like. Check any outdoor faucets for leaks and plug those up to prevent mosquito growth.
Managing Ponds: Backyard ponds can be beautiful landscaping features, but they can also contain a lot of stagnant water. You may want to try adding pumps to aerate your water and reduce algae growth that mosquito larvae feed on. You can also add minnows and native fish species that eat mosquito larvae to your pond.
Remove Stagnant Water: Empty any source of stagnant water from flower pots, lawn furniture, tarps, barrels, bird-baths and more.
While you can deter mosquitoes from breeding on your property, you can’t control all of the conditions in your neighborhood. Adult mosquitoes can travel significant distances to find a meal. Don't be discouraged, every measure you take will reduce the mosquitoes around you. Try to coordinate with your neighbors if you see any stagnant water build-up, or contact our professional team to conduct a comprehensive sweep over your property!