Summer means warmer weather, longer days, and more time enjoy the outdoors - but it can also mean spending time with mosquitoes.
The mosquitoes in Maryland and Northern Virginia can be relentless; and you wouldn’t be the first homeowner to head back indoors to avoid the itch!
At Blades of Green and B.O.G. Pest Control, we work hard to help our customers eliminate populations of adult mosquitoes on their property and remove breeding grounds to avoid a resurgence. Our technicians are always happy to share tips to avoid more mosquito problems in the future – and sometimes, our tips catch people off-guard.
Could you be attracting mosquitoes to your yard without even knowing it?
Mosquito Bait #1: Standing Water
In order for mosquitoes to breed, they need water – but they don’t need much of it! Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, and they can reproduce in a pool of water as small as the size of a bottle cap.
The best way to keep the mosquito population under control around your home is to keep standing water to a minimum, especially during the summer months.
To rid your yard of the most common sources of standing water, be sure to:
- Clear all gutters around your home are clear and make repairs to broken ones.
- Cover toys like wagons or sandboxes that could potentially collect rainfall.
- Overturn large containers or wheelbarrows in your yard, or store them inside a garage or shed instead.
- Reconsider the birdbath. Some homeowners love having a birdbath in their yard, but that bowl of water can be an open call for mosquitoes.
If eliminating standing water is easier said than done, consider a professional mosquito treatment to keep mosquito populations at bay.
A mosquito control professional like us will also be able to inspect your yard and identify possible sources that you might not be aware of (i.e. leaky pipes, broken gutters, etc.) or apply chemical treatments to discourage breeding in marshy areas or small ponds on your property.
Mosquito Bait #2: Poor Lawn Maintenance
Did you know that mosquitoes have trouble flying on windy days? When the breezes are blowing, mosquitoes often take refuge in tall grass.
When you don’t mow your lawn with regularity, you’re providing the perfect spot for mosquitoes to hang out and breed. Most homeowners like the look and feel of a trimmed lawn; but cutting your grass can also cut back on your mosquito problems.
- Here are some tips to make sure your lawn is in check this summer:
- Mow your lawn often to reduce shade and wind protection provided by tall grass.
- Cut back thick vegetation to discourage mosquitoes from nesting.
- Clear debris that provide additional cover for mosquitoes such as grass clippings, leaf piles and collections of sticks and branches.
Mosquito Bait #3: Being Active During Peak Hours
Mosquitoes are at their most active in the early morning and late evening, when there’s less chance of a breeze and mosquitoes can fly freely. During these times, they use their sense of smell to look for sources of sweat and carbon dioxide. Your body produces those two things in greater quantities when your heart rate increases, whether that’s from running around outdoors, doing yard work, or eating and drinking on your back patio.
To reduce the number of mosquitoes flocking to your home, you can:
- Skip cardio at dawn and dusk - It’s tough during the heat of summer to bear the thought of a daily run at Noon, but if you can move your workout indoors or to a local park instead, you’ll be able to avoid welcoming mosquitoes during peak feeding hours.
- Eat inside - If your picnic foods of choice are particularly spicy or contain ingredients that mosquitoes are drawn to (like yeasty breads or beers,) you might want to move that picnic indoors.
- Turn on the fan - If you have your heart set on some time outdoors, an oscillating fan on the porch can keep you from becoming a mosquitoes next meal. The breeze will make it more difficult to mosquitoes to fly and will disperse your natural odor, making it more difficult for mosquitoes to find you.
You Don’t Have to Live with Mosquitoes
Keeping mosquitoes at bay can still feel like a losing battle. If you’re ready to eliminate mosquitoes in your yard for good, it’s time to call on the professionals at Blades of Green & B.O.G. Pest Control for help!
Learn more about our mosquito, flea, and tick control program now.