Prevent Mosquitoes From Breeding
Serving Illinois and Indiana
Preventing mosquitoes in your backyard starts with knowing how to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Mosquitoes are attracted to certain things in your yard. By learning what attracts mosquitoes and eliminating them, you can effectively keep mosquitoes away. Mosquitoes require water in order to lay their eggs–therefore, eliminating standing water is one of the best ways to go about preventing mosquito breeding. Keep reading for expert tips from Anderson Pest Solutions!
How to Prevent Mosquito Breeding in Ponds and Your Yard
Only the female mosquito feeds on blood; she needs the protein in the blood to produce her eggs. She also requires water in which to lay the eggs. In fact, a female only needs an inch of water to start the cycle. If you have standing water in your yard, you’re giving these pests a place to multiply their numbers. To prevent mosquitoes from breeding, remove areas with standing water. Water easily accumulates in the following areas:
- Old tarps
- Tree holes
- Clogged gutters
- Plant water
- Garbage receptacles
- Window wells
- Swimming pool covers
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How to Reduce Mosquito Breeding in Your Home
When a mosquito isn’t feeding, it’s resting on nearby shrubs, bushes, and grasses near your home. In fact, this pest will spend much of its afternoon resting on the tips of tall grass or shrubbery leaves. Cut your grass regularly to reduce mosquito breeding in your home. Trimming back the hedges and pulling up any weeds will also send the insects elsewhere to look for places to rest.
Another tip for preventing mosquito breeding is to cover trash bins and drill holes in the bottom of open outdoor containers to allow rainwater to drain. Clogged roof gutters are also hot spots for mosquitoes breeding.
How to Prevent Mosquitoes from Breeding Year-Round
Even after mosquitoes begin breeding on your property, there’s a lot you can do to slow their spread. Use fans in the yard to increase circulation and keep them split up (they’re poor fliers). For instant mosquito control, apply an effective repellent or – for more expert care – go with Anderson Pest Solutions. We’ll treat the source of your problem and stop mosquitoes before their problem grows, focusing on adults’ resting areas. We’ll also make recommendations for further ways to go about preventing mosquito breeding.