Here in Wisconsin, we are blessed with many lakes, ponds, and rivers, which is the lifeblood of our state. But all this freshwater has a negative side. It’s the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. As we try to enjoy our outdoor spaces, hungry mosquitos seem to be waiting around every corner.
Mosquitos not only drive us indoors, but they pose serious health risks too by carrying diseases such as:
- West Nile
- Dengue Fever
Mosquito management is key to disrupting their life cycle and driving down the populations in your area. Keep in mind, a single female mosquito can lay up to 200 eggs at a time, and those 200 eggs will bug you in just a few short weeks.
Check Your Screens
The only thing worse than being chased indoors by mosquitos is when they sneak inside your home. Make sure your screen doors and windows are in good shape. If you live in a heavily wooded area, perhaps investing in a mosquito net for your bed is not a bad idea.
Naturally Repel Mosquitoes
By using natural ingredients like natural mosquito repellent citronella, lavender, or installing bug lights, you can make your yard less appealing to mosquitos. Bug lights give off a different wavelength of light that is not attractive to flying insects, like moths and mosquitoes. Bug lights can be bought at any hardware or where ever you purchase your gardening supplies.
Invite a Mosquito’s Natural Enemies
Several animals feast on mosquitos, but none are as efficient as bats, swallows, and purple martins. It’s entertaining to watch these aerial aces swoop and dive as they hunt and feast on these insects. Make them feel at home by placing a few bat houses or purple martin houses. Barn swallows can be attracted to traditional nesting boxes if they face an open field that allows them to swoop in for a landing.
Disrupt Their Breeding Areas
If you want to put a dent in the mosquito population, then you need to eliminate the source: standing water. Female mosquitoes need standing water for her eggs to hatch. Many places in your yard can act as mosquito breeding areas that you may not even be aware of. All it takes is less than an inch of water for a mosquito to deposit her eggs, and any of these objects can retain just the right amount of water after a rain shower.
- Rain Barrels
- Flower Pots
- Children’s Toys
- Animal Waterers
- Old Tires
- Clogged Gutters
- Pooling Water
All it takes is a simple stroll around your yard and dumping out all standing water to greatly reduce the mosquito population in your yard.
Protect Your Water Features
Water features are beautiful parts of our landscapes, but they can become mosquito nurseries if you aren’t careful. You can protect your water features and turn them into a mosquito trap by adding fish to your ponds and fountains. Mosquitos will be attracted to the water, but when they deposit their eggs, fish will either eat them or their eggs, creating an efficient mosquito battling machine.
Call the Mosquito Control Experts
Before mosquitos start giving you and your family problems, call the experts at Buzz Off Mosquito Control Solutions. We have a variety of pest control services, including mosquito, fly, and flea & tick control services. We offer our mosquito control program to both residential and commercial customers.