Within the first few days of spring arriving, you will start to notice the mosquitoes go crazy. Even if you don’t live near a pond, stream, or lake, it still seems to happen every year.
Spring begins well enough. You step outside, all eager to enjoy the sun and everything the outdoors has to offer, especially after a harsh New England winter. For a short period of time, everything is perfect. You breathe in that fresh spring air, get started on gardening and begin making plans for some outdoor projects. But then, with a little buzz in your ear, all those good feelings start to suddenly go away , and you realize the mosquitoes have returned and they’re out for blood!
It often feels like mosquitoes emerge overnight, but in huge numbers or even swarms. With their return, you and your family are forced back inside. If you do decide to tough it out, then you find yourself dealing with itchy, painful bites that can also transmit deadly diseases, including West Nile virus, Zika, and Dengue fever.
BACKYARD MOSQUITO CONTROL
The scary reality of mosquitoes is that they actually do show up overnight! Once the temperature in your area stays at or above 50 degrees on a consistent basis, then it’s warm enough for mosquitoes to begin their hunt. What’s amazing is that there are more than 150 types of mosquitoes in the United States.
You might be wondering what happens to mosquitoes over the winter? Well, adult mosquitoes hibernate and will simply wake up once the weather becomes warm enough. The immature mosquitoes will often survive by overwintering underwater, where they can put their metamorphosis on pause until temperatures are more bug-friendly. Late-season mosquito eggs are usually cold-hardy, and will actually hatch the following spring. The result, of course, is the same: once the temperature starts to rise and warms up, you get more mosquitoes. To avoid the problem, you need to plan for mosquito control right now.
You want to get ahead of the spring time. By creating a mosquito control system for your property, you can successfully keep these biting insects at bay and enjoy your outdoor spaces once the weather gets warmer.
WHAT ATTRACTS MOSQUITOES
It’s easier to take preventative measure when you have an understanding of what is attracting them- Stagnant water and opportunities to feed.
Mosquitoes will seek out non-circulating water for their eggs. Basically, the water needs to work as an ‘incubator’ for the mosquito eggs and for the larvae that emerge. While many might think this applies to a large body of water you are mistaken. They only need a tiny bit of water to host their eggs, making it tougher for property owners to manage. It can be hard to monitor or find other water-collecting objects as these object may not be so obvious. Mosquito eggs can successfully grow in water that has been trapped in the folds of a tarp, in a bottlecap or plugged downspout. Even an overwatered garden can hold enough for the insects to lay their eggs.
But why are mosquitoes always biting? The female mosquito needs protein to create the eggs in the first place, and she does so by inserting her proboscis into the skin of unsuspecting people and animals, she then draws the blood out and flies away. That small amount of blood is enough to fuel the production of her eggs.
STEP ONE: ELIMINATE NEARBY STANDING WATER
Without a doubt, your first step to complete mosquito control is to focus on removing standing water.
- Keep your property dry by filling in low-lying areas where puddles and mud form.
- Remove foliage that blocks the sun.
- Overturn or remove objects that collect water.
- Put covers on boats.
- Remove old tires or drill holes in them.
- Work out all the creases in tarps and coverings.
- Clear up clogs in downspouts.
- Adjust eaves so they drain quickly.
- Circulate water in ponds and horse troughs.
- Chlorinate pools.
- Adjust roofs so water drains from them.
- Add mosquito-eating fish to ponds.
- Trim overgrown grass and thick vegetation where adult mosquitoes hide.
- Check areas within 100 yards of your property for these issues.
Know that some species of mosquitoes can lay 100-300 eggs every three nights. Since the eggs can hatch in a week for some species, this means every individual female mosquito may be adding as many as 600 mosquitoes to your property every week during the spring and summer!
STEP TWO: ACTIVE MOSQUITO CONTROL
With the mosquitoes’ breeding options cut back, you will next have to deal with the active adults.
This is where The Mosquito Guy comes into play. Our barrier sprays, which are made of both organic and control materials, repels and kills mosquitoes on contact. This specially formulated spray will reduce your mosquito populations by 95% to 100% after your first two sprays. Unlike our competition, who sprays every property the same and has a one size fits all approach, we treat each property individually, with a customized assessment of your property and spray accordingly. Our specially trained and licensed technicians are trained to do one thing: get rid of mosquitoes and ticks.
Once the temperatures are in the 50-degree range, the traps will begin attracting mosquitoes. This will help to eliminate them before they can gain a foothold on your property. Then, just keep your trap at peak performance during the spring and summer season to enjoy optimal backyard mosquito control.
ELIMINATING MOSQUITOES IN THE YARD
With Mosquito Guy operating in your yard or on the site of your business, you can finally work and play outdoors without having to worry about these frustrating and potentially hazardous insects.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM MOSQUITOES