Have you ever heard the old cliché “where there’s smoke there’s fire”? When it comes to controlling the mosquito population in your yard the correct cliché would be “where there’s water there’s mosquitoes”. Many people don’t realize the impact standing water plays when trying to get mosquitoes under control and eliminated from an area. No matter what additional precautionary measures you take, if you have standing water, the mosquitoes will find it despite all the safeguards. Mosquitoes are drawn to standing water and pooled areas of moisture similar to the way a moth is drawn to a flame.
The two most commonly seen species of mosquitoes in the North Shore area are the Culex mosquito and the Aedes mosquito. The breeding habits of the Culex mosquito depend solely on the availability of moisture. These mosquitoes lay groups of eggs on the surface of water in rain barrels, bird baths, tin cans, old tires, car bodies, cisterns, roof gutters and any other containers which hold water. The Aedes mosquito includes the day-feeding Asian tiger mosquito which lay their eggs at the base of vegetation in low-lying areas, holes and crevices within trees. They are also known to deposit their eggs above the water line in artificial containers (such as tin cans, flower planters, old tires, etc.) These eggs will hatch when inundated with rain water. Both species cannot perpetuate reproduction without one crucial element; water.
Our solution to overcoming heavy mosquito populations in your backyard and around your home consists of a few easy steps. The first step is to have your property professionally treated to control mosquitoes by a licensed mosquito control company. The other steps consist of eliminating as much standing water as possible. Mosquito Squad of the North Shore has broken these steps down into what we call the 5T’s of mosquito control.
Here are some pictures of standing water that can be modified to get rid of the mosquito breeding ground.
Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters, and flat roofs.
Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.
3. TURN OVER
Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
4. REMOVE TARPS
If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad of the North Shore eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.
By following these simple steps you will greatly reduce your risk of being bitten and irritated by mosquitoes on your own turf and reduce the risk of coming into contact with a mosquito-borne illness such as West Nile Virus. We take a teamwork approach with our clients to eliminate the lure of standing water in your backyard and provide a barrier to keep the mosquitoes away all season long.
Contact Mosquito Squad of the North Shore to learn more about becoming free of mosquitoes the rest of the season. Call us today for a free quote • (978) 887 – 1177 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org