With the rain and storm behind us we no longer have to worry about when the rain will end. But we will have to worry about another storm that will be headed our way soon too, a mosquito storm!
Mosquitoes breed up to 300 eggs in standing water and on the edges of river beds. These eggs will lay as long as they need to gain strength and grow. As they develop from the egg to the adult mosquito going through four full stages of a life cycle, they eventually emerge from the water and go in search of their first meal. For the female mosquito, this means finding a blood meal from the right host.
According to a Houston Chronicles Article Dr. Mustapha Debboun, director of Harris County Public Health’s mosquito and vector control division said “There’s no way around them”. Also adding “Once they find water, they’re going to lay eggs.”
Unfortunately, this is the truth. Mosquitoes are going to be swarming us whether we like it or not so we suggest following a few rules when trying to control the mosquito population in your yard.
Tip over anything that could hold standing water. Mosquitoes only need a small bottle cap of water to lay their eggs. By tipping dog dishes, plant saucers, and toy trucks daily, you will help reduce the population.
Turn over larger objects such as swimming pools or sand buckets once a week or after a rainfall to ensure standing water can’t gather. The more water you allow to remain on your property, the more likely you are to have mosquitoes.
Remove tarps from firewood, boats or sports equipment as frequently as you can. Because tarps are rarely touched mosquitoes can hide easier for laying eggs and creating a habitat.
Take care of your outdoor maintenance. Trim your grass, pick up leaves and sticks and make certain your sprinkler system is working properly. Mosquitoes prefer to rest in areas that aren’t often walked through which is why they zero-in on tall grass.
Treat your yard. Despite all of the great effort to reduce the population of mosquitoes, they typically still find a way into your yard. Mosquito Squad’s traditional barrier treatment will reduce 80-90% of the mosquito population at your home.
To see the best results for mosquito treatments, team up with your neighbors. Educating neighbors on tips and tricks for their yard and suggesting Mosquito Squad can help benefit you and your entire neighborhood.
Call Mosquito Squad of South Central Texas at (830) 254-5176 to get started on controlling your mosquitoes with our Mosquito Barrier Treatment!