Before you spray for mosquitoes, you need to rid your property of their breeding grounds. They love standing water, and many breeds lay their eggs in the standing water. Mosquito lifecycles are short and consist of four stages, so without getting rid of their breeding grounds, you’re just inviting more. Mosquito control is most effective if you get rid of these pests favorite spots, such as old tires and birdbaths. If you want birdbaths, you can change the water every day to prevent mosquitoes from being attracted to your yard.
During mosquito season, these pests lay eggs on water. The eggs hatch into mosquito larvae, which live in water and molts several times. The larvae have to come to the surface to breathe air, but they won’t live out of water during this stage. Getting rid of any standing water significantly reduces eggs and larvae.
The third stage is the pupae. Mosquito pupae do not feed. This is the last stage before they reach adult status. Once the mosquito is an adult, its body parts harden and it can fly. Only the female feeds on human and animal blood. Once the female gets a blood meal, she lays more eggs as long as there is standing water around. The mosquito’s short lifespan ranges from four days to a month, but is typically two weeks.
A mosquito lays up to 200 eggs at a time. The cycle will continue until you deprive them of their favorite habitats and spray them. If you don’t have a large infestation, you might be able to end the vicious cycle by removing standing water. However, if you have standing water nearby that you can’t do anything about, it’s a good idea to spray as part of your mosquito control activities.
Signs of Mosquito Infestation
Only the female mosquito bites and feeds on blood. If one lands on you, look for a mosquito infestation. Since mosquitos need standing water to lay their eggs, you can prevent them from taking over your yard by getting rid of standing water and employing mosquito control.
Mosquitoes need temperatures above 50 degrees and standing water to fly, bite and lay eggs. The water does not have to be close to your house. Look for areas with standing water, even if it’s a puddle in on the low spot of the yard. If you see mosquitoes in your home, you might have plumbing problems. Check for leaks in your crawl space, basement and other areas where the pipes come into your home.
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If you are getting bit by mosquitoes, look for standing water – check tire swings, stacks of old tires, birdbaths, low spots in the yard where water might stand for a few days, or even a weather creek that doesn’t completely dry out. Get rid of the standing water you can – dispose of the tires, drill a hole in the bottom of a tire swing, fill in the low spot in the yard, and check for water leaks. Also, change the water every day in potted plants that have a base that catches the water.
Once you find the standing water and get rid of it, contact H & H Pest Control and Waterproofing to set up an appointment for us to come out and spray and help you with mosquito control."Topics": ,