There are few things as annoying as hearing the sound of a mosquito flying around in the darkness of your bedroom just as you're about to go to sleep. The good news is that it is fairly easy to get rid of mosquitoes indoors. If you fix your door and window screens, only open unprotected exterior doors long enough to go in and out quickly, and use an essential oil repellent in your home, you shouldn't see (or hear) a single mosquito. It is another matter if you hope to rid your yard of mosquitoes. But it is possible if you have the secret weapon. Your secret weapon in the battle against mosquitoes is knowledge. When you understand what mosquitoes are doing in your yard and why they picked your property, you can deter them. Join us as we look at what attracts mosquitoes, what mosquitoes do in your yard, and how mosquito pest control in Bradenton can stop mosquitoes from making outdoor activities miserable.
What Attracts Mosquitoes?
In our search for knowledge about mosquitoes, our first stop is to know how to keep mosquitoes away. To keep mosquitoes away, you have to understand what attracts them. Learning what mosquitoes like (and don't like) will help you to unlock your ability to keep your yard free of mosquito activity.
There are many reasons why a mosquito might wander into your yard. Some of these will be obvious. Others are likely to surprise you. While mosquitoes are common insects, they are still somewhat misunderstood. For example, the idea that removing attractants will keep mosquitoes away may sound fruitless if you believe mosquitoes fly from yard to yard in search of someone to bite. But this is not the case. The mosquitoes that bite you in your yard are most likely mosquitoes that live in your yard. So it can make a difference if you give mosquitoes fewer reasons to live on your property. Here are a few suggestions.
Get rid of lawn weeds. Why are weeds an attractant for mosquitoes? You may not know this, but mosquitoes are not sustained by the blood they draw from humans. Only females draw blood, and they do so for reproduction. But males and females survive on nectar and plant sap. A yard full of lawn weeds provides both.
Remove containers. Many mosquito species breed in water. Removing water resources from your yard can deter them. Containers come in many forms. Cups and bowls are obvious containers. You should pick these up after cookouts. But there are many other not-so-obvious containers you should remove. Toys can capture rainwater. For example, a dump truck in a sandbox or an unused kiddie pool are both ideal mosquito-breeding spots. A plant pot, a layer of leaf litter, or a poorly graded area of your lawn can all provide breeding opportunities for mosquitoes.
Address moisture problems. Mosquitoes don't just need water for reproduction. They dry out quickly if they don't live close to humid habitats. If mosquitoes wander all the way to your landscaping, they may quickly find a reason to stay on your property. Clean your gutters, remove unnecessary plants from your landscaping, and water your plants in the early morning. These steps will help to keep your plants dry.
Get rid of the bug zapper. Studies have shown that bug zappers attract mosquitoes but are only efficient for culling male mosquitoes. So, your zapper will bring females into your yard but do little to stop them from reproducing in your yard.
Along with removing attractants, it helps to install repellents. Keep in mind that repellents aren't perfect. You can't just plant something or spray something and stop mosquitoes for good. But you can get temporary relief.
What are the best plants to deter mosquitoes? Many people successfully deter mosquitoes with lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, marigolds, and basil. Plant these near outdoor recreation areas and rub them to release their mosquito-deterrent odors.
What can you spray? Some people put repellent on themselves, but you can deter mosquitoes by spraying on your deck or chair. An all-natural spray with a mosquito-deterrent odor, such as lavender, can stop them. You need to spray frequently to maintain this layer of protection. Organic materials wear out faster than synthetic materials.
How Long Do Mosquitoes Live?
Mosquitoes don't live long. While lifespans are different for different types of mosquitoes, most female mosquitoes live for about two months and most male mosquitoes about two weeks. Why is this important? Because it reveals another important piece of mosquito control knowledge. The mosquitoes in your yard are frantically working to survive. Each mosquito that hatches will have one thing on its mind: reproduction. Taking steps to reduce potential breeding sites can stop mosquitoes. We touched on this already, but there are a few more facts you should know.
Mosquitoes need stagnant water to develop from egg to adult. Adding a circulation pump to a bird feeder can make this water source unusable for mosquitoes. If your kids continually use a kiddie pool, mosquitoes can't use it for breeding. Keep water moving to disturb potential mosquito breeding sites.
Mosquitoes don't need much water. You might think that mosquitoes need a bucket of water. While they'll certainly like finding a bucket of stagnant water on your property, it only takes an inch of water for mosquitoes to breed in your yard. Remove all containers no matter how shallow. Also, consider things that act like a container. For example, a tarp covering a pile of stuff in your backyard may collect rainwater on top.
Mosquitoes need a little more than a week to go from egg to adult. You can pour containers out and exterminate mosquito larvae and pupae at any time during their development. In these two stages, mosquitoes aren't able to fly, so they will lie on the ground and dry up. Pour out plant pots, pet dishes, buckets, etc. You may even see the little wiggly larvae in the water.
Mosquitoes need a blood meal. A female mosquito must take a blood meal to fertilize her eggs. When you have an outdoor party, keep in mind that you're providing an opportunity for female mosquitoes to reproduce. A female mosquito can lay a hundred eggs at a time in your yard.
When you break the cycle of reproduction long enough, mosquitoes disappear. They don't have a long enough lifespan to wait for conditions to improve. They'll move to another yard where breeding is easier.
Will Mosquitoes Bite Your Pets?
The last piece of knowledge we want to share is that mosquitoes don't just bite you. They can also bite your pets. While folks with pets put a lot of effort into keeping fleas and ticks away, they don't consider mosquito control as much as they should. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are all dangerous to your pet(s). They can carry and transmit diseases. Mosquitoes are a primary vector for the spread of canine heartworm, a potentially fatal disease. So, preventing mosquitoes from getting a blood meal from your pets to reproduce in your yard isn't the only reason to get mosquito repellents for your pets.
How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes On Your Bradenton Property
Are you in Bradenton? If so, contact Keller's Pest Control for mosquito control. We provide all the services you need. We offer monthly mosquito control treatments to reset the mosquitoes on your property. It takes time for new mosquitoes to enter your yard and over a week for eggs to develop into adults. Routine treatments continually reset your lawn and keep it mosquito-free. When you take steps to remove attractants and prevent mosquito breeding, you get the best control possible.
Along with monthly mosquito treatments, we offer one-time mosquito treatments. Are you planning an important outdoor event in your yard? If so, we can come over before your event and help you take mosquitoes off your guest list.
There are many reasons to choose Keller's Pest Control for your mosquito control needs.
We've been fighting mosquitoes in Bradenton for over 20 years. We've learned what works best to control these irritating pests.
We target adult mosquitoes where they rest and help you address breeding sites on your property. These attack your problem at the source.
Our certified technicians use the science of entomology to address insect problems properly.
We believe hard work and great customer service are essential. You'll always get professional service when you choose Keller's Pest Control.
Would you like to learn more about how mosquito control in Bradenton works? We would love to speak with you. Mosquito control isn't as difficult as you may have heard. When you have the support you need, mosquitoes can't easily live on your property. Let our pest control team help you take your backyard back and make it a no-fly zone for mosquitoes. Connect with us today. We can help.