Mosquitoes are irritating pests; there's no doubt about it. Nothing can ruin a backyard cookout faster than a few of these bloodsuckers (or a few hundred). But it doesn't take a bunch of mosquitoes to be a problem. Have you ever been in bed, about to fall asleep, but then noticed a high-pitched buzzing sound? It's hard to go to sleep when you know that a mosquito is going to land on you and leave an itchy welt. It might even concern you that it could transmit a disease to you. Mosquitoes are vectors for some serious viruses, like West Nile, Zika, malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and several forms of encephalitis. So how do you get control of mosquitoes in your yard and prevent them from getting into your home? Here's some advice from our professionals.
Address Standing Water
When one female mosquito comes into your yard, she has the ability to lay hundreds of eggs. If you can stop her, you can prevent those hundreds of eggs from hatching. How do you do this? By removing standing water. Most mosquito species breed in stagnant water resources. Removing standing water can also help to disrupt the development of newly hatched eggs to prevent them from becoming flying adults.
Here are some examples:
- If you find a toy dump truck sitting in the backyard, and it has water that has been sitting for more than a week, that little toy could have been a source for mosquito production. Dumping the water out and storing the toy inside can prevent more mosquitoes from hatching and stop female mosquitoes from laying more eggs there.
- If you have a birdbath in your yard with stagnant water in it, mosquitoes will take advantage of it. By adding a water circulator, you can get the water moving and prevent mosquito development.
- If you have puddles forming near your home because your gutters are clogged, cleaning them out can stop mosquito reproduction in two locations: On the ground near your home, and in the water that is pooled inside your gutters.
Address Hiding Places
When mosquitoes come into your yard, they'll find places to rest. There are a few reasons for this.
Mosquitoes need moisture to survive. This causes them to hide in vegetation during the day to keep the sun from drying them out.
Mosquitoes are poor fliers. They spend more time resting than they do flying. Your landscaping is a perfect location for mosquitoes to take a break.
Mosquitoes eat nectar and plant sap. Female mosquitoes are the only mosquitoes that bite you. They draw a blood meal for the purpose of reproduction. Their primary source of food is nectar and plant sap. Male mosquitoes don't draw blood. They only eat nectar and plant sap. This is another reason they'll want to hide in your vegetation. They're feeding.
Understanding these facts can help you reduce mosquitoes around your home. Apply these tips to make your landscaping less interesting to mosquitoes.
Water your plants in the morning to allow the sun to dry the moisture.
Put space between your plants to allow better airflow.
Fix leaky spigots or pipes on the exterior of your home.
Remove unnecessary vegetation.
Trim bushes and shrubs.
Treat Resting Places
If you address standing water and hiding places, you can have a big impact on mosquito activity in your yard. But if you're looking to make your yard a no-fly-zone, you'll need to have your yard treated. This is where we can help.
At All-American Pest Control, we apply a mist product to resting places and other key areas on your property. Reach out to us today to schedule service for your Hendersonville home. We're standing ready to assist you.
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