Preventing Mosquito Breeding
Serving Illinois, Indiana and Missouri
Preventing mosquitos in your home starts with preventing mosquitos from breeding. A few ways to stop mosquitos from multiplying include:
- Eliminate mosquito larvae by removing all standing water around your property at least once a week. This includes birdbaths, swimming pool covers, plastic wading pools, and old tires.
- Cover trash bins and drill holes in the bottom of open outdoor containers to allow rainwater to drain.
- Clean clogged roof gutters.
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Remove Any Standing Water
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. Some common places where you can find standing water include:
- Old tarps
- Tree holes
- Clogged gutters
- Garbage receptacles
- Window wells
- Swimming pool covers
Maintain Your Lawn and Shrubs
When a mosquito isn’t feeding, it’s resting on nearby shrubs, bushes, and grasses. 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 resting sites. Trimming back the hedges and pulling up any weeds will also send the insects elsewhere to look for places to rest.
Control the spread of mosquitos
Even after mosquitos 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 mosquitos before their problem grows, focusing on adults’ resting areas. We’ll also make recommendations for eliminating potential breeding sites.