Controlling mosquitoes isn't easy. These pests go where they please and can reproduce in substandard conditions, making complete elimination difficult. But while getting rid of mosquitoes isn't easy, it's not impossible, either. Here's the secret to effective mosquito control in Columbus.
What To Know About Mosquitoes
They might not be as physically remarkable as spiders, wasps, or other common insects, but there are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world today. They can grow as large as ½ inch or as small as 1/10 of an inch long and can vary drastically in color and pattern from species to species. The one thing mosquitoes have in common is their appetite.
Some prefer birds or reptiles, some prefer mammals, but all mosquitoes feed on blood for survival. Specifically, it's only female mosquitoes that bite and drink blood, which they use to grow their eggs. Male mosquitoes, on the other hand, feed on nectar and sap.
Mosquitoes require an area of still water to successfully lay their eggs. Ponds, swamps, puddles, or neglected swimming pools are all popular breeding grounds. However, most mosquitoes only need about enough water to fill a bottle cap to successfully reproduce. The larger the source of stagnant water, the more mosquitoes are likely to breed there.
Although they are famously annoying pests prone to ruining pleasant summer evenings, mosquitoes are much more than a simple nuisance. Pound for pound, mosquitoes are the deadliest animal on the planet, responsible for an estimated one million deaths every year. Diseases like the West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, eastern equine encephalitis, and a host of others are all attributed to mosquitoes.
What Attracts Mosquitoes To My Columbus Property?
Most pests that infest your property are motivated by the availability of food. And while a good meal is undoubtedly attractive to a hungry mosquito, good breeding grounds and ample hiding spots are more likely to bring them to your yard.
You might not be able to stop mosquitoes from flying onto your property, but you can help control the factors that attract them. Simple ways to deter mosquitoes include:
Remove standing water. Check for any buckets, pots, or containers that may have collected water and dump them out. Ensure that drains and gutters are flowing properly without water backup.
Trim tall grass and the hedges. Shady vegetation is where mosquitoes like to rest during the day. Trim any bushes or hedges to prevent overgrowth and mow the lawn regularly.
Treat your pool. Be sure to use the recommended chemicals in your pool and keep water moving at all times. When not in use, keep the pool covered.
Preventing A Mosquito Bite
If you spend time outdoors, you will likely suffer a mosquito bite. However, there are a few ways to mitigate your risk:
Wear light colors. When given a choice, mosquitoes seem to prefer to feed on people wearing dark colors. White, tan, or pastel-colored clothing can help prevent mosquito bites.
Be aware of body heat. Avoid mosquito-infested areas if you've recently exercised, are pregnant, or have consumed alcohol. Increased body heat can attract mosquitoes.
Avoid dusk and dawn. Try to stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
In the end, a few mosquito bites are tolerable, but when they're incessantly buzzing in your ears, you will likely want to take action.
Effective Mosquito Control With Pestmaster® Services
Whether you're looking to lounge in your backyard or planning a special event, you are probably thinking about strategies to reduce the mosquito population on your property if you want to spend time outside. In the end, it's best to leave mosquito control to the home pest control experts. Our team at Pestmaster® Services has the experience and tools necessary to greatly reduce mosquitoes in your yard.
Your satisfaction and safety are our top priority. Protect your family from these harmful pests by partnering with Pestmaster® Services. Whether your mosquito problem requires a single treatment or continued follow-ups, we'll keep at it until the job is done. Contact us today to learn more about our mosquito control services.