Standing Water: The Ultimate Enemy of Atlanta Mosquito Control Efforts

Posted by Mosquito Squad

December 20, 2023

Successful Atlanta mosquito control efforts require a diligent, multi-faceted approach. While professional mosquito control services from Mosquito Squad can reduce mosquitoes by 85-90%, there are additional measures for increased success. As a property owner, your focus should be placed on reducing mosquito habitats. Keep your yard free of areas that can feed and harbor adult mosquitoes, as well as standing water that provides nutrients for the next generation of mosquitoes.

Mosquito Attraction 101

Mosquitoes have been around for more than 100 million years. There are over 3,000 species of mosquito. Their survival is easy because their needs are so few. For mosquitoes to survive and proliferate, they need three main things.

One: Blood

Two: Water

Three: Plant nectar

Mosquitoes drink plant nectar as their main source of food. Female mosquitoes drink blood to gain the nutrients required to produce eggs. The female lays her eggs in standing water or near standing water. This water provides the sustenance for the mosquitoes to develop from an egg through the four-stage mosquito life cycle.

Naturally, mosquitoes are attracted to habitats that can provide all three of these things. While plant nectar is abundant in most places, the standing water can be the main difference between attracting mosquitoes long-term. And, of course, with a steady supply of this standing water, their populations can grow and flourish.

How To Reduce Mosquito Population Growth Due to Standing Water?

Mosquito Squad’s 7 Ts of Mosquito Control provides an excellent guideline for checking your yard for potential issues.

We encourage you to make sure you stay vigilant with dumping and draining standing water every few days all summer long. We’ve seen a puddle form, and adult mosquitoes fly out of the puddle within as little as 7 days during the heat of the summer.

The Human Reality of the Mosquitoes’ Short Life Cycle

Imagine you are on a week-long summer vacation. You leave your watering can sitting on the patio. If it rains the first day you leave, you could have a mosquito infestation by the time you arrive home. Not at all the welcome, you desire.

If you’d like to enjoy as few mosquitoes on your property as possible – don’t JUST hire Mosquito Squad of the Greater Atlanta area to reduce mosquitoes in your yard. Make sure you are doing your part to eliminate mosquito habitats that could counter the expert mosquito control services.