Now that summer is approaching, our worst outdoor enemy will be back with a vengeance. That’s right, mosquitoes. They swarm your barbecues and evening porch-sitting, invade your home, whine incessantly in your ears, steal your blood and leave behind an itchy reminder of their deed. Most of us know mosquitoes are a nuisance, but hating them for that just isn’t enough. They are also the deadlines animal in the world and they truly deserve to feel the full wrath of the human race. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to keep tabs on an enemy you can barely see. So you need to get smart and find out where does the enemy hide. And what can be done to help eradicate the enemy? Here are the top spots where mosquitoes live, rest, breed and hide.
Trees and Shrubs
With the increased heat, carbon dioxide, and humidity deep shrubbery and foliage give mosquitoes a dark, humid environment to chill out in. Mosquitoes will love your trees and shrubs to escape harsh sunlight and wind. They love areas that provide shade and humidity. We will bet you will find a few hanging out on the underside of foliage leaves eating the plant nectar for nutrition or waiting for a good moment to fly over and eat you instead.
Make sure you mow your lawn regularly. Trim any tall grass around walkways, pools, or ponds on your property. Again tall grasses give mosquitoes a moist and shady place to hid.
The space beneath your deck can provide an ideal mosquito breeding habitat.
Ponds and Puddles
While ornamental ponds might look pretty, they are the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. . Since mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in still water, puddles are a trouble spot. After a day with heavy rain if you have puddles on the property remember to regularly remove or drain any standing water.
Planters and Pots
If you have saucers and empty posts make sure you drain the water especially after a rainy day. It is better to just get rid of them because they can be a good place for mosquitoes to lay their larvae.
Old Tires and Tire Swings
They are dark and humid and provide insulation and protection for mosquito larvae. Considering they easily fill up with water thick rubbery tires are mosquito heaven. If your children love their tire swing just drill a few holes in them to drain out any collection of water.
It can be easy to forget to refill the pet bowl with fresh water every day. In the summer you do want to keep your hydrated however they do not need to be ingesting mosquito larvae.
This is another easily forgettable place that can have standing water. A suggestion is to fill the cavities with sand to keep the mosquitoes from breeding there.
Other Ways To Limit Mosquitoes
- Improve Drainage
- Clean out Gutters
- Keep plants and grass trimmed
- Plant mosquito repellent herbs
- Use Mosquito pellets that release a compound that is toxic to mosquitoes
- Install Bird Houses
- Use an Oscillating Fan
It is important to take the right steps to control the mosquito population. Talk to a team of professionals about how to get rid of adult mosquitoes. They can spray the foliage of bushes and shrubs, lower limbs of shade trees, tall grass, and shaded areas with a residual insecticide to give you barrier protection.
Green & Grow’s Mosquito Control
Tired of not being able to enjoy your patio or being out in your yard? We have the answer. We will come out and apply a barrier spray to rid your yard of mosquitoes and many other unwanted pests. The application needs to be done about every 3 or 4 weeks but works great.
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