This will come as no surprise—mosquitoes bite people. But what you might not know is why they bite us or how desperate they are to bite us. Do you know that only female mosquitoes bite? This is because females need protein to fertilize their eggs. Drawing blood from us isn't about getting a bite to eat. It is about the preservation of their species. That is why female mosquitoes are so incessant when they start flying around you in your backyard. It is a matter of life and death. It isn't about hunger. They can get all the food they need from the plants in your yard. This is important to understand.
Male and female mosquitoes get all the nourishment they need from plant sap, honeydew, and nectar. They don't come into your yard to bite you; they come for the food. If you have lots of vegetation, guess what? You're going to have lots of mosquitoes. That's just how it is. But there are some things you can do to reduce mosquitoes in your East Nashville yard.
- Keep Your Landscape Dry — When mosquitoes choose a place to hide, they prefer moist vegetation over dry vegetation. If you give your plants only the water they need and try to keep your topsoil as dry as possible, you can make your landscaping a little less interesting to mosquitoes.
- Reduce Stagnant Water — Most of the mosquitoes that bite you in your yard are hatched in your yard. When you remove stagnant water and containers that capture rainwater, you reduce the population of mosquitoes around your home.
- Get Some Help — The best solution for the reduction and control of mosquitoes is to invest in a residential pest control program that includes mosquito reduction like our Perimeter Plus Pest & Mosquito program. Since this program includes important protection from overwintering pests, it isn't too late to stop mosquitoes and pests in your yard. Any time of year is the right time of year to begin protecting your home and your family from East Nashville pests.
Mosquitoes will come into your yard for no other reason than to feed on nectar, plant sap, and honeydew. Stop them in their tracks with the routine mist treatments that come with your Perimeter Plus pest protection. Get started today by requesting a free pest inspection. We're standing by to help.