Summer months are quickly approaching which means your pesky mosquito friends are too. While a mosquito on average will only live about 2-3 weeks unharmed, it is their ability to quickly multiply and their dangerous bite that makes them a cause for concern. A few things that may welcome the presence of mosquitos to your home include:
- Standing water in buckets, pools, puddles, bird baths, and more
- Buildings with high heat and high levels of humidity
- A good amount of shaded areas throughout your property
- Your soil is damp and full of nutrients
If you are dealing with any of the above situations around your home or have spotted mosquitoes flying it is likely you will be facing the threat of a mosquitoes infestation this summer. Which means it is important to put pest prevention plans in place now and contact a professional pest control company to protect your home from mosquitos and other common pest problems.
Does a Mosquitoes Die After it Bites?
Probably the most annoying aspect of a mosquito infestation is dealing with the itchy, painful bites they leave. It is often misunderstood that after each bite the mosquito will die, but they in fact can cause harm to multiple people through repetitive bites in a matter of minutes. Which means the only sure way to prevent mosquito bites in the immediate moment is by giving them a good ole smack.
Now you may be wondering why mosquitoes feel the need to bite you? The simple answer is they need blood to reproduce. Female mosquitos are known as consummate blood feeders and depend on the ability to bite humans or animals for the proteins and iron in our blood needed for the production, development and maturing of their eggs.
How Do You Get Rid of Mosquitoes?
Now that you know how to identify your mosquito problem, how long they live, and common places they lay their eggs you need to know how to get rid of your pest problem. We are sharing 5 effective ways to eliminate a mosquito population from the pest experts at Scotts Tuft and Pest Services.
- Reduce Mosquito Breeding Sites
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water. After about three days, the eggs hatch. The larvae mature within 12 days and begin to fly. Given that a single female mosquito can lay up to 400 eggs within two weeks, you may have no better way to control their population than to destroy the breeding sites.
Some of the breeding sites you should consider doing away with are old tires, containers, tree holes, clogged rain gutters, discarded cans, and unused floor drains like those located in laundry rooms or basements. Make sure drips are checked at the bottom of dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and air conditioners.
- Kill Mosquito Larvae
If you cannot destroy all the breeding sites for any reason, kill any larvae you can locate. Some of the best ways to do this are to change pooled water every week, remove algae from ponds, and utilize insecticides.
Read more about how to kill mosquito larvae here.
- Use Mosquito Repellent
Even though the two methods above are often effective at reducing mosquitoes, they cannot eliminate them. But you can use natural mosquito repellents. Some are designed for the yard and others the skin. Their scent confuses mosquitoes and makes it hard for them to find you and your loved ones.
- Have Mosquito Predators
Many animals, such as bats and swallows, feed on mosquitoes. Increase their number to make your work easier. For example, you can install bat shelters to attract these predators to your home.
- Enlist the Support of your Neighbors
For you to successfully control mosquitoes around your home, you need the support of other members of the public. According to the American Mosquito Control Association, the mosquito control effort is divided into public and individual. This means that everyone has a role to play.
Mosquitoes can fly miles from their breeding sites. So, by getting your neighbors evolved in eliminating them, you are assured of a higher degree of success.
What are the Best Ways to Protect Your Home Against Mosquitos?
The next step in your pest free journey is learning how to prevent mosquitoes from returning to lay eggs once you have removed the common places mosquitoes rest. There are many options for DIY pest control, but it is important to note that the most successful treatment plan to protect your home includes having professional pest control services preformed on a regular basis. Most general pest control companies will offer a free inspection to identify what treatment you need, but below are a few things you can do in the mean time to fight adult mosquitoes from interrupting your outdoor activities.
Utilize Candles Made With Repellant
Everyone loves a good candle to add to their collection, but did you know there are candles to help keep mosquitoes away from your patio and porch to protect your family while they are outside? By lighting candles or lanterns that contain one or more essential oils known to repel mosquitoes you can drastically lower your chance of receiving a mosquito bite. These oils to look for in your candles include:
It should be known Mosquito-repelling candles work best in smaller areas without a lot of air movement so the oils can be effective.
Plant Mosquito-repelling Plants Around Your Property.
Similar to the aromas of the candles, you can find the similar potent fragrances and essential oils in some plants, such as lavender and marigolds that are naturally repel mosquitoes. So if you are someones who enjoys spending time outdoors on your deck or patio, try potting up a few of these plants and set them around the perimeter to naturally help keep mosquitoes away. Some other mosquito-repelling plants include
- Citronella (and other scented geraniums)
- Bee balm
Set up Mosquito Traps.
Another great option to help create a barrier around your home, is to set up mosquito traps on
your porch or patio. However, it’s important to make sure you change the traps regularly. Especially if you’re having an outdoor party, traps can be an effective way to protect your guests from mosquitoes, especially when paired along with other mosquito controls and repellent products.
Use Fans Even Outdoors
Sometimes candles, traps, and plants are not quite effective enough. So if possible it is a great idea to pair your other treatment plan ideas with some type of fan to keep the air moving which can keep mosquitoes from having a space to land.
Let’s Get Rid of Mosquitos On Your Property Today!
Approaching a mosquito swarm without professional help is dangerous and can lead to unnecessary aggravation of the pests encouraging them to bite. Since mosquito bites are not only extremely uncomfortable, but possibly fatal the importance of proper pest control is imperative. Which is why our team at Scotts Tuft and Pest Services is always here to solve all your pest control related problems. Call us at 919-923-2361 or fill out the form below!