Tips For A Mosquito Free Yard
Now that Spring is finally here, we are all enjoying warmer weather and fresh air. But could we be enjoying it more, if our yards were mosquito free? You bet! No one likes being eaten alive by mosquitoes, so what's the deal with these nasty nuisances? Let's take a look at what they are, when they show up, and how to get rid of them!
Summer's great, everyone agrees. But with the heat and rain, comes hoards of mosquitoes looking for food, shelter and sites to breed. So how do we control the population of mosquitoes in our yards? First step, understanding your enemy. Knowledge of mosquito behavior will help in the battle against bugs.
If you live in the northeast, you are familiar with the Aedes mosquitoes that show up late spring every year. You've most likely experienced the bites of either the aegypti (the yellow fever or Asian tiger mosquito, pictured above) or the albopictus (below). Neither species is native to our region, introduced to us by human activity such as transportation of goods. In fact, the albopictus species is found on every single continent except for Antarctica. So what can we do about these annoying invaders? Let's start with surveillance.
While trying to combat mosquitoes, start with a thorough surveillance of your property. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, and the Aedes mosquitoes will breed in phytotelmata (natural water found on plants) and man made reservoirs. And they don't need a lot of water to lay their eggs, as little as a bottle cap full. This is particularly dangerous, as they become vectors for diseases such as yellow fever, dengue or Zika virus. So you are looking for any potential breeding sites. Piles of debris, empty buckets, flower pots, toys, pools, gutters, any place that even the smallest amount of water may accumulate, is a potential breeding site. Especially darker colored, man made containers such as planters or pots.
Next, exclusion, meaning keep them out! While you are surveying your property, take a look at windows and doors. If you see holes in screens, repair them. Check around widow air conditioning units for holes or gaps, and fill them. Don't forget your doors, if there are screens check for holes or gaps. This is how they get inside! And while the beautiful spring breezes blow, avoid propping open doors without screen doors. They will come right in, uninvited and ready to bite.
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If you have a green thumb, you can plant herbs like mint, catnip and lemon balm to deter mosquitoes from buzzing around. Another option is to use an oscillating fan to literally blow them away. If all else fails and your mosquito populations are not being reduced or eliminated, it may be time to contact a Pest Management Professional. There are a number of options out there, choose what's best for you. Miracle Pest Solutions offers a mosquito management program that utilizes a system of traps to lure and contaminate mosquitoes. Some benefits of this type of program include:
For more information, or to request a quote for the Miracle Mosquito Program, please click below. If you need a miracle to create a mosquito free yard this season, Miracle Pest can help!
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