Where do Mosquitoes Live: Identifying a Mosquito Infestation
Summer is a time of outdoor activities like riding bikes, pool parties, and barbecues. But if there’s one thing that will ruin your outdoor fun in a hurry, it’s mosquitoes. They buzz around your head and leave those annoying, itchy bites, sending you to the safety of indoors. Mosquitoes in your yard are no joke.
Why should you have to give up your summer outdoor get-togethers just because some pesky insects want to crash your party?
Actually, you don’t. You don’t have to be a hapless victim to a mosquito infestation. There are things you can do but first you have to know how to know the signs or mosquitoes. Then you’ll want to call in a pest professional that specializes in mosquito abatement.
Identifying a mosquito infestation means first understanding the mosquito habitat. Heavy foliage, standing water, tall grass, thick shrubs, and dense tree cover are all prime mosquito breeding grounds. Often you can see a lot of mosquito activity in those areas during the cool parts of the day, such as early morning and dusk. However, they can be active at any part of the day, especially if the area they are in has adequate shade.
Mosquito control begins with these areas. If you want to reduce mosquitoes on your property, your first step should be to make your property less hospitable to them. This includes:
- Emptying any containers of standing water, such as clogged gutters, the crotch of trees, children’s toys, and patio furniture.
- Cut your grass
- Reduce the foliage near your home
- Reduce the number of trees in your yard
- Cut down or prune thick shrubs
Signs of Mosquitoes
The mosquito life cycle is somewhat short, but they can do a lot in that short time. Mosquito nests are typically standing water which is where they lay their eggs. Mosquito eggs hatch in about 10 days but can survive without water for up to four months if the water dries up. Then they are “reactivated” once the water returns, such as a rain shower or you water your yard.
Of course, if you see mosquito larvae in standing water in your yard, you probably have a mosquito problem. However, there are other telltale signs:
- You are getting bit – a lot
- There is a high-pitched buzzing sound that is constantly present
- You are scratching a lot and have the classic mosquito bite, a raised bump on your skin
- You are scratching and hear buzzing at night
- You have any of the “problem areas” on your property
- You see mosquitoes during the day or evening
If you encounter two or three you probably don’t have much to worry about. However, more than that and you definitely want to take action.
Contact McDuffie Pest Control
If you want to know how to get rid of mosquitoes, you’re in the right place. At McDuffie Pest Control our pest professionals really know their stuff. Not only can they help you get rid of mosquitoes on your property, they can also help you with other pest problems like ants, termites, and rodents.
Call us today and one of our trained technicians will visit your home, inspect your property, and work with you to create a plan to get rid of mosquitoes and any other pests plaguing you. You don’t have to live with unwanted house guests of the multi-legged variety, call today!