The Silent Takeover: Mosquito Prevention Tips
Nothing is worse than trying to have a good time barbecuing in your backyard and getting bitten incessantly by mosquitoes. The bites itch and, in some cases, can become inflamed. No matter how much you spray mosquito control spray, they keep coming back. However, spraying doesn't do much good if you don't get rid of the attractants for mosquitoes.
By the time you see signs of mosquitoes, you already have an infestation. Mosquitoes breed quickly, and this pest needs standing water to lay its eggs and allow the mosquito larvae to grow. Before you start using backyard mosquito control, you need to get rid of their favorite habitats.
Look for standing water. Empty flower pots, old tires, and anything else that can hold even a small puddle of standing water is fair game for mosquitoes. If you have an area of the yard that floods often, mosquitoes could lay their eggs in the moist soil. Once the area floods again, the eggs will hatch.
Piles of wood and stone that might catch water not only attract mosquitoes but also attract other pests. Be sure to move any firewood or rock piles away from your home and the area you use for barbecuing.
Filling in the low areas and installing drainage to direct the water away from the area will help reduce mosquitoes in your yard. You can create a French drain to direct water away from your home and the barbecue area. Keeping your yard from getting soggy, especially during the rainy season, will help to deter mosquitoes.
Minimizing Mosquito Bites
Until you get the mosquito problem rectified, you can lessen the chances of being bitten by using bug spray and wearing long sleeves and pants – preferably light colors. Not only are lighter colors cooler, but mosquitoes seem to be attracted to darker colors. Mosquitoes prefer to be out just before dawn, and at dusk, so you might plan your outdoor time accordingly.
Signs of Mosquitoes
How to get rid of mosquitoes? You have to find their habitats and destroy them; then, you can use mosquito control products to kill mosquito nests and adult mosquitoes in yard. Look for signs of mosquitoes, including eggs, larva, and the pupa. The eggs hatch when they are exposed to water. The larva and the pupa live in the water. When the mosquito finally turns into an adult, it starts flying around.
Only the female mosquitoes feed on blood. Once a female mosquito feeds on blood, she lays her eggs, sometimes in damp soil. The eggs can survive in dry conditions for months. Once the area floods, the eggs hatch into the larva, which then develops into the pupa. The larva feed, but the pupa does not. This entire life cycle takes as little as four days but could take as long as a month, depending on the conditions. The average life cycle is two weeks.
Once you find the areas that attract mosquitoes and get rid of them, it's time to start using mosquito control products to kill the nests and swarms. If you do not get rid of their habitats, you are fighting a losing battle.
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