After months of blazing heat and humidity in Virginia, we are slowly approaching the tail end of summer. While the cooler weather will be welcome after the heat we endured over the past months, not all of summer’s vestiges vanish when fall comes around. Enjoying the outdoors is a during this time of year, but mosquitoes often rain on the parade with their incessant buzzing and painful, itchy bites. Unfortunately, while these insects are classically associated with the summer season, they don’t just vanish at the end of August. Indeed, mosquitoes will remain in our region for as long as temperatures remain relatively warm, and we all know that our southern climate can make it feel like summer even in October. Yes, mosquitoes can hang around for that long! With an extended mosquito season on our minds, it is important to consider how you can control these pests. Here are some tips to get you started.
Mosquitoes in fall: Tips to keep the flying biters at bay
One of the primary methods of at-home mosquito control is to ensure there is no standing water on your property. As you may know, mosquitoes rely on standing water in which they lay their eggs. Within 10 days, a mosquito larva can transform into an adult, so time is of the essence. If you’re not sure where standing water might be on your property, check to see if your gutters are clear, and make sure your bird baths and planting pots don’t contain any residual water. These areas are common hotspots for mosquito breeding.
Yard waste removal
Another important component of mosquito control is to remove any yard waste on your property. Leaves from past falls, mulch piles, and any other kind of yard waste can hold water that mosquitoes will exploit. Yes, even the tiny thimble-full of water in a leaf is enough for a mosquito larva to thrive in. So, make sure your property is cleaned up to avoid providing habitat for these creatures.
Natural mosquito control from plants
Mosquitoes rely heavily on their version of the scent, and some plants will discourage mosquitoes from entering your property. For example, lavender, rosemary, marigolds, citronella grass, and other plants produce smells that are repellant to mosquitoes. Your garden could help you defend against mosquitoes! However, professional mosquito control is the most effective option.
How to defend against mosquitoes in fall
At Mosquito Squad, we’ve worked since 2005 to ensure our customers are defended against mosquitoes and the diseases they can carry. With the help of our barrier protection spray and our highly trained technicians, we can guarantee up to a 90% reduction in the mosquito population on your property. Reapplications every two to three weeks will keep you defended through the remainder of summer and the fall!
Summer is reaching its end, but there will be mosquitoes in fall. To defend against them, trust the experts at Mosquito Squad of Central VA for professional mosquito control. Give us a call at (804) 409-2710.