Standing water = Mosquito farm
You don’t have to live near a stream, marsh or pond to have high mosquito populations. Mosquitoes can’t breed in moving water, so if a moving stream is behind your home, it is not the main source of your mosquito problem. Despite popular beliefs, a well-established pond that sustains the lives of fish, birds and frogs is not the mosquito breeding ground you think it is either. Mosquitoes may breed there as long as the pond is not moving, but with that many predators on hand, they certainly don’t live long.
The best place for mosquitos to breed is in the undisturbed containers, toys and low spots that hold rain water in your yard. Mosquitoes need water for reproduction, but they don’t need much. A single drop of water is enough for a mosquito larvae to thrive into adult hood. With just a single small toy holding water in the far corner of your yard you could be churning out mosquitoes like a widget factory churns out widgets.
A female mosquito lays on average 300 eggs at one time. Without a water source, you can stop this exponential reproduction from even happening. These water sources sometimes come from surprising sources. Here is a list of items you should keep a close watch on:
- Watering cans
- Sand boxes
- Fire pits
- Bird baths
- Decorative fountains
- Low areas or ditches
- Rain gutters
- Wheel barrows
- Leaking faucets/hoses
Keeping your yard free of these items is the best option. If that is not entirely possible dump or drain anything that catches water after every rain and keep low spots free of additional debris such as tall grass or weeds so they can dry quickly. Items that you want to keep water in such as bird baths or fountains should be dumped, cleaned and refilled once a week throughout the mosquito season.
The 5 T’s of Mosquito Control
Mosquito Squad of Fall River and Mosquito Squad of South Shore needs your help to make your yard less favorable to mosquitoes. Here are 5 easy tips.
- TIP.Tip anything around your home that can collect water from rain or your sprinkler system. Dog bowls, plant saucers, clogged gutters and kid’s toys are a perfect breeding ground.
- TOSS. Remove excess grass, weeds from gardens, leaves, firewood and other leftover clippings from your yard.
- TURN.Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like baby pools, children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
- REMOVE TARPS.If tarps stretched over firewood piles, grills or boats aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
- TREAT.Call Mosquito Squad. Our mosquito control barrier treatment eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property. Remember that mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they can carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile virus, Malaria, Encephalitis and more.
With your help, Mosquito Squad can keep your yard pest-free so you can enjoy it all season long. Mosquito Squad of Fall River and the South Shore is your trusted provider for protecting your yard from mosquitoes and ticks. To sign up for season-long protection, give us a ring at 508-536-4855, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Mosquito Squad of the South Shore or Mosquito Squad of Fall River website.