Getting rid of Mosquitoes◀ Back To Blog
July 31, 2012
For many the summer months are filled with laughter, sun, fun and family. However, while memories are being born, they can also be remembered by uncomfortable and annoying mosquitoes. The spring and summer offer warmer temperatures, but more moisture - conditions conducive to mosquitoes. Mosquitoes spread disease like West Nile Virus and Encephalistis, while leaving behind itchy red bites.
According to the National Pest Management Association, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water or soft soil and can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water sources such as storm drains, old tires, children's wading pools and birdbaths. Female mosquitoes swill fly up to 14 miles suck our blood whereas, male mosquitoes feed on plant nectars. It is important to remove sources of water to reduce populations, when mosquitoes become most active from dusk to dawn.
Ways to prevent and manage mosquitoes:
- Eliminate or reduce mosquito breeding sites by replacing all standing water at least once a week. This includes bird baths, ponds and unfiltered pools.
- Remove unneeded vegetation or trash from around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped or removed.
- Clean and remove debris from gutters.
- Screen windows, doors and other openings with mesh.
- Avoid going outdoors when and where mosquitoes are most active: during dusk or dawn.
- Apply insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin whenever or wherever mosquitoes are likely to bite.
- Learn more about Thomas Pest Service’s Vector Service, which targets disease carrying mosquitoes and ticks. Our organic mosquito service!
Mosquito season is still here! With cases of West Nile increasing it is important to protect your family, health and property. Our mosquito tips above will help reduce squito breeding areas in and around your property. To learn more about Thomas Pest Services and our green mosquito service headed over to our website and fill out our contact form to learn how Thomas Pest can assist with your mosquito problem.