If you’ve ever noticed an increase in the number of mosquitoes after it has rained, this may lead you to believe that these insects like the rain. The truth is that mosquitoes hate the rain, but they like the puddles that form after a storm.
Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water. The larvae only require ½ inch of moisture to survive, but if the weather has been incredibly rainy and there are a lot of puddles in the area, then there are more places available for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. This can lead to a huge increase in their numbers.
Any Standing Water Will Do
Mosquitoes aren’t overly picky when it comes to finding stagnant water to lay their eggs in. As long as the larvae can stay wet and thrive, any standing water will do. That means that if you have water just hanging out in your backyard, it can be an ideal mosquito nursery. So, if you’re looking for a way to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home, there are some steps you’ll need to take.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
Your gutters are in place to ensure that water drains from your roof and doesn’t get inside your home. If you don’t keep them clean, the water could pool and leak into your attic. Worse yet, your gutters could become the perfect spot for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Make sure to remove leaves and other debris from your gutters to ensure that water flows freely through them.
Regularly Change Your Birdbath
If you have a birdbath on your property, you’ll want to clean it out regularly to ensure that mosquitoes don’t lay their eggs in the water.
The same is true if you have a kiddie pool in your yard. Make sure to dump the water out and change it often to reduce the number of mosquitoes that hatch on your property.
Empty Water from Other Containers
Should you have buckets, flowerpots, trash cans or other containers on your property, you’ll want to make sure to drain any excess water after it rains. Make sure your trash can lids form a tight seal so that water can’t leak into the inside.
Treat Ponds and Pools
Having ponds and pools are your property can add something extra to the landscaping and give you and your family a fun place to play. To ensure that mosquitoes don’t turn your pond or pool into a breeding ground, you need to make sure they are treated with the right chemicals.
Call in the Experts
Even if you take all these steps after a rainstorm to reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property, if the weather is wet enough, these flying pests will find a way to survive. The best option when this occurs is to have your yard treated.
It’s in your best interest to call MosquitoNix® and have them do a fog treatment in your yard or even add a misting system. Either of these options is a great choice when it comes to protecting your family and killing mosquitoes before they have the chance to bite.
You may not be able to control the weather, but you can defend your property from mosquitoes. Contact MosquitoNix to find the best solution for your yard.
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