Mosquito Prevention for Outdoor Events in Lake Worth
July 17, 2018
Summer is in full swing here in Lake Worth and everyone is taking advantage of the outdoors. We're heading to the beach, we're taking the kids to the splash pad, and we're relaxing in our backyards. This is also the time of year when we have outdoor gatherings. But, when mosquitoes show up at our outdoor activities, whether large or small, they can present a problem.
The tropical climate in Lake Worth is perfect for human habitation. It is also perfect for mosquito habitation. Caught right between giant Lake Okeechobee and the Atlantic Ocean, we get a lot of moisture. And, if you're not aware, moisture is a mosquito's best friend. Mosquitoes need high humidity to survive and they need stagnant water resources to breed in.
One of the keys to guarding against mosquitoes year-round, but especially in summer, is the reduction of still water breeding sites. This can be difficult because it only takes a half a cup of water for mosquitoes to breed. But, it is well worth the effort. It can have a significant impact on mosquitoes in your backyard because most of the mosquitoes that bite you in your backyard are mosquitoes that were born in your yard. These insects don't typically travel very far in their entire 2-month lifespan.
When you have mosquitoes coming to life in your backyard, it becomes less suitable for outdoor events such as weddings, wedding receptions, graduations, family reunions, and other events. No one likes being bitten by mosquitoes. And, with dangerous viruses such as Zika, many people are fearful. We touched on the topic of Zika in a recent article. But Zika virus isn't the only pathogen that is spread by mosquitoes. According to the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA), mosquitoes in the U.S. are linked to malaria, chikungunya, dog heartworm, dengue, yellow fever, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, LaCrosse encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis, and West Nile virus. It is best to avoid a bite from a mosquito.
Best Strategies For Reducing Mosquito Bites
- Wear bright colors to make it harder for mosquitoes to lock on to you.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to give mosquitoes less skin to bite.
- Apply a mosquito repellent to your skin or clothing to ward off mosquitoes.
- Be aware that CO2 emissions, sweat, alcohol consumption, and perfumes will all increase your attractiveness to mosquitoes.
- Avoid going out in the morning or evening when mosquito activity is at its peak.
- Introduce mosquito-repelling plants into your landscaping, such as lavender, marigolds, basil, catnip or scented geraniums. This won't keep mosquitoes off your property, but it can make mosquito resting places less interesting in your yard.
- Use a fan to keep mosquitoes from landing on you.
- Address conditions that allow rainwater to collect in your yard.
- Clear gutters of any clogs.
- Repair leaky spigots or hoses.
- Trim vegetation on your property that causes extensive shade. It is important to let the sunlight dry your soil.
These tips will make it harder for mosquitoes to breed in your yard and can have a big impact on mosquito populations. If you add mosquito services to this control plan, those mosquitoes won't have a chance. Here are a few reasons why:
- As detailed as you might be, a professional might still find breeding sites you have missed. It is always good to have a second set of eyes, especially when those eyes have an education in mosquito control methods.
- Some breeding sites can't be removed (or you may not want to remove them). In these cases, a pest control technician can apply larvicides to these still water resources to keep mosquitoes from developing into adults.
- Mosquito service also comes with a mist treatment. This applies a residual insecticide that is only strong enough to eliminate simple organisms, such as mosquitoes, to locations where mosquitoes hide in your yard, essentially turning your landscaping into giant mosquito traps. Not only will this reduce mosquitoes on your property, it will prevent mosquitoes from leaving your property, breeding in other yards, and sending a swarm of mosquitoes back into your yard.
Are you planning an outdoor gathering this summer? The best way to keep mosquitoes away from important outdoor events is to have seasonal mosquito service already actively reducing mosquitoes in your yard and in your neighborhood.
If you haven't tried mosquito reduction service for your Lake Worth home, give it a shot and find out why residents and business owners invest in it year after year.
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