What You Should Know About Mosquito Control

With summer months always just around the corner, you need to consider how to tackle the issue of mosquito control. So if you're daydreaming about that summer barbecue or lazy days on the patio, there are a few things you need to know about mosquito control:

It's Important To Start Early

Mosquitoes are carriers for infectious diseases, like Dengue, West Nile, Encephalitis, and Chikungunya, which can sometimes prove to be fatal. In animals, mosquitoes can also be deadly when they carry Heartworm. So beyond the discomfort and annoyance that mosquitoes pose to your outdoor activities, they can also be life-threatening. That's why it's important to start early. 

Starting early means working to eradicate the problem when you first realize you have one, so successive rounds of breeding and population explosion can be thwarted. Starting early also means to target nymphs and larvae in standing water, where eggs are laid by females and generations start to grow.

So how do you start early?

There Are Options

Though mosquitoes can fly hundreds of kilometers away from their breeding ground, they generally stay close to the area where they hatch, such as in your backyard. So if you've found an area outdoors that's particularly infested, you should start removing standing water in the vicinity.

Standing water can be found in places you'd never consider, like flowerpots, toys, tarps, and even some plants, like bromeliads. Though there are many types of mosquitoes, and therefore different hatching locations and breeding locales, the dangerous mosquitoes that carry disease breed in these locations.

Natural repellents, like citronella, catnip, and geranium, act to repel mosquitoes from general areas, but they won't kill your populations. Larval and nymph populations in ponds, pools, or other areas that can't be drained can either be treated with a bacterial suspension that's otherwise harmless to humans and pets, or an oil emulsion that acts to starve the juveniles of oxygen.

Population control for areas of your backyard that are already infested with mosquitoes should include ultra low velocity fogging or spatial spraying with Pyrethrin or malathion chemical solutions, both of which are available for consumer purchase. You should also consider keeping up with yard maintenance to remove tall grass and vegetation that provide shady areas for mosquitoes to hang out.

When populations are extremely large or your property is extensive, you may want to hire a professional to assess and treat your populations. Mosquitoes can become an issue within a week of heavy rains, so having a professional ready to take control of your infestation is advisable. Hiring a professional for mosquito control can help determine the extent of your problem, where breeding areas are, and which approach will work best, depending on your particular residential problem.

To learn more, contact a company like Bug Busters Inc. with any questions you have.