This summer you will see an increase in mosquito activity as things start to heat up. Mosquitoes breed in any form of stagnant water. This can be a pond, a marsh, a birdbath or a kiddie pool. Mosquitoes are about ¼ of an inch long and are a grey, silver color. The female mosquito feeds on blood while the male mosquito feeds on nature. Female mosquitoes lay 100-200 eggs at a time. There are 170 different types of mosquitoes in North America. The combination of increased water sources and warmer weather make summer time an increased breeding time for mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are an extremely annoying pest during the summer months. They are very well known all throughout the United States. Though they are an extremely common pest to have to deal with they are not to be taken lightly. These tiny insects are known for transmitting some serious diseases. Some of these diseases include yellow fever, dengue fever, chickungunya, malaria and the West Nile Virus. The West Nile Virus has started to become a threat here in the United States. Some symptoms of the West Nile virus are: High fever, headaches, weakness and sometimes a coma. Mosquitoes have such a dense population it is hard to control and that's why eliminating mosquitoes entirely is unrealistic. However, there are a few things you can do around your yard to help reduce this population.
Eliminate stagnant water. This is prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Keep gutters clean; this will help prevent the build up of water around your home.
Keep drain clear of debris so water does not collect.
Use bug sprays often when outdoors.
Mosquitoes are a very common pest to have during the summer months. By following these simple tips you can help keep mosquitoes off your property and out of your ear! If you find that you already have a major mosquito infestation on your hands, you will want to call a professional exterminator to help. Professional exterminators will know how to locate the source of your mosquito problem as well as create a plan of action. Click here for more information on mosquito remediation!