Everything You Need To Know About Summer Mosquito Infestations
Do you know that you can have an impact on mosquito populations in your yard all year long? It's true. Long before mosquitoes come alive in spring to leave itchy wounds on your skin, you can decrease their population by hitting them where it hurts. Here's what you need to know.
Have you ever noticed that there are more mosquitoes in swampy areas and forests? That's because mosquitoes love moisture. They need it to breed, and they need it to live. Without moisture, there would be no mosquitoes. Therefore, everything you do in your yard to prevent moisture has a direct impact on mosquitoes.
How much moisture does it take for mosquitoes to breed? Only an inch of still water. If rainwater collects in your yard, those mosquitoes will take notice.
Since the rainy season in South Florida is roughly June to September, these are the months when we have to be most vigilant about guarding against rainwater collection. Use the following tips to keep breeding sites from forming on your property:
Pick toys up.
Store your lawnmower in the shed or garage.
Get rid of plants that collect water, or plant mosquito repellent plants around them, such as marigolds, lavender, citronella, catnip, etc.
If you have a kiddie pool, turn it over when your kids aren't using it.
If you have a tire swing, poke a hole in the bottom to let the water drain out.
If objects that collect water in your yard cannot be removed, cover them with a slanted tarp so that rainwater can run to the ground and soak in.
June to November is hurricane season. So, rainwater can come down in torrents and create flooding conditions. It is vital to address flooding quickly to prevent a dramatic increase in mosquito populations. Help floodwater channel to a location where they can soak into the ground. Trim trees and bushes to allow the sunlight to dry the ground.
High winds from tropical storms can cause vegetation to break free of trees and clog up gutter systems. After a storm, be sure to check your gutters for obstructions. Mosquitoes can breed in a half a cup of water. You can bet they'll use rainwater that has backed up in your gutter.
All year there are ways we can create damp conditions in our yards that promote mosquito production. Here are a few to consider.
The more plants you have in your landscaping, the wetter your yard will be. Be sure to give your plants the amount of water they need without allowing pools to form on the soil.
Check exterior spigots and hoses to make sure there are no leaks. Leaks can create still water near your foundation walls. When mosquitoes hide in vegetation or shaded areas around your home during the day, they will take advantage of still water for breeding purposes.
The Sugar Connection
Along with moisture, mosquitoes love sugar. In fact, they need sugar more than they need blood. One place they get sugar from is nectar. The more flowers you have in your yard, the more attractive it will be to mosquitoes. Obviously, removing your flowers isn't the best solution. Fortunately, you don't have to.
When you have seasonal mosquito control for your South Florida property, your pest management professional will treat mosquito resting spots, like flowers, ornamentals, bushes, and shaded locations around your home. This turns those attractive flowers and plants into a mosquito trap that can drastically reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard. Your technician will also address still water resources in your yard that cannot be removed such as ponds, birdbaths, etc., by applying a larvicide that prevents mosquito development.
If you've never tried mosquito reduction service from a professional, give it a shot and see what a dramatic difference it can make. Our customers come back year after year because they know it works. Give us a call to get started.