As a proactive homeowner, you likely strive to keep your family protected from mosquitoes. After all, you are reading this blog at this very moment and that in itself shows you are concerned about the risks associated with mosquitoes such as discomfort and the potential of vector-borne illness. However, despite your the best mosquito control efforts, there may be topography issues present on your property that make it difficult, if not impossible, to effectively keep mosquitoes at bay. In some instances, you may even be unaware that the problem exists. Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South wants to make you aware of the moisture issues that may be lurking at your Canton, Weymouth or Hingham-area property so as to address the culprit and devise a solution.
Landscape Drainage Issues
Many MA homeowners may not realize that standing water and puddles in their yard can play a large role in attracting mosquitos. Areas such as low spots, which serve as reservoirs for standing water can lead to more severe drainage problems over time if not addressed. Once a low area becomes saturated with water, a muddy puddle begins to form, potentially attracting dangerous mosquitoes as a potential breeding ground. These unsightly muddy areas not only detract from the beauty of your MA landscape, causing grass to die but can also evolve into more serious property damage that may incur costly repair and lead to potential health issues for you and your family.
A proper drainage system often includes a catch basin, helping to facilitate the water collection, conduction and discharge of the excess water on your property. By capturing excess water and transporting it away from low spots, catch basins are a very effective solution to eliminate any areas of excess moisture that would attract and spawn mosquitoes.
Gutter and Downspouts
Clogged or improperly installed and/or maintained gutters and downspouts can also inhibit proper water flow on your property. Even areas such as retaining walls, edging, even walkways and patios, can serve as potential places for moisture problems.
Keep in mind that mosquitoes only need three elements to prosper and multiply. These are moisture of which to lay their eggs, blood to enable them to produce eggs and warm temperatures to stay active enough to seek out a blood meal. Any moisture problems on your property can create the perfect catalyst for a mosquito explosion, so it is important to inspect and maintain the topography of your landscape.
Mosquitoes multiply rapidly and prefer laying their eggs near or within water. Most mosquito eggs hatch within 24-48 hours and this cycle will continue as long as the conditions are right. Just a small amount of water is needed for mosquitoes to reproduce. It is important to be proactive and inspect your property removing any items or eliminate any areas that may accumulate water. Please visit our 7 T’s of Mosquito Control page located on our website for a list of helpful ways to minimize your yard’s propensity for mosquito breeding.
Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South at (781) 471-5793 to learn more about keeping you and your family safe from mosquitoes this season.
Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston