You've probably noticed that mosquitoes are a frustrating fact of life here in Atlanta. But, do you know that you have some control over how much of a problem they present to you and your family? It's true. If you understand how mosquitoes develop, you can significantly reduce the mosquitoes in your yard. Let's take a look at why and how this works.
Why It Is Possible To Get Control Of Mosquitoes
- Mosquitoes don't zip about a neighborhood, going from yard to yard in search of someone to bite. They spend most of their time resting. This is because they're not strong fliers. It only takes a weak wind to stop them.
- Mosquitoes tend to hang out in the area where they hatched. This has to do with reproduction. A female mosquito isn't going to go on a long journey because she only lives for about two months. She will hang out in the area and look for a blood meal. Once she gets it, she will mate with the available male mosquitoes in the area.
- When a female mosquito finds her way into your yard, she can lay a hundred eggs at a time, but she needs stagnant water in order to do it. If you remove stagnant water resources from your property, you can make it difficult for mosquitoes to hatch in your yard.
- Not all mosquitoes that hatch are viable. Many of them die off quickly, particularly male mosquitoes. A male mosquito is lucky to make it to age ten—that's ten days, not years.
If you take steps to get control of mosquitoes in your yard, it will take time for mosquitoes to wander into your yard from neighboring properties, and it will make it more difficult for them to lay eggs and develop in your yard.
How Mosquitoes Control Works
There are primarily two factors to consider when controlling mosquitoes. Can you guess what they are, based on what you've learned so far? If your answer is resting and breeding, you're right.
Resting — When mosquitoes rest in your yard (which they do most of the time) you have an opportunity to get rid of them. If appropriate products are applied to your landscaping and other key areas where mosquitoes rest, mosquitoes won't live to bite you, or breed in your yard. It is important to select the right product for this job. We strongly recommend having a licensed mosquito control professional handle this for you. A professional mosquito control expert will use advanced technologies, such as fast-acting botanical insecticides, and apply them in appropriate amounts and in an appropriate time frame between applications.
Breeding — When a mosquito comes into your yard to breed, she will be looking for stagnant water that is at least a half-inch deep. In these water sources, she will lay her eggs by the hundreds. Some species create egg rafts that float on the surface. When the eggs hatch, mosquito larvae emerge. These are called wrigglers. The wrigglers develop into pupae, which are referred to as tumblers because of their behavior. The pupae develop into adult mosquitoes that take to the air. All of this occurs in a little over a week. You have the ability to deter this development by pouring stagnant water resources out, or by removing stagnant resources in the first place.
If you take steps to remove stagnant water resources from your yard, and address potential resting sights, such as leaf piles, brush, wood stacks, and other key areas, you can get some control of mosquitoes. You may even get enough control for your threshold of comfort.
If you invest in seasonal mosquito control for your yard and have routine mosquito control applications, you're going to get even better control of mosquitoes. Not only will you be taking down mosquitoes that wander into your yard and rest, but you'll also be preventing female mosquitoes from hanging out in your yard and breeding.
If you want the best possible control for mosquitoes, the best solution is to have a mosquito misting system installed. This will allow you to use your smartphone to apply applications as needed. If you're having an outdoor party and you want it to be mosquito-free, you have the power to make this happen.
Atlanta Mosquito Control Services
At Tuxedo Mosquito Control, we provide Atlanta homeowners and business owners with everything needed to get the best control of mosquitoes. If all you need is treatment before an outdoor event, we have you covered. If you want seasonal mosquito control, no problem. If you want the power of mosquito control in your own hand, we can install a mosquito misting system on your property. Reach out to us today for more information or to schedule a mosquito control service for your Atlanta property. We're here to help.
What Tuxedo Mosquito Customers Are Saying
Tuxedo Mosquito is the only company we have used to control mosquitos in our yard. The service person sprays our shrubs in the woods behind our home and every shrub and plant in our yard. To the best of our knowledge this is our 9th year using Tuxedo Mosquito. Their service is excellent!!