Fountains, ponds, and water gardens are great additions to yards, but these bodies of water also attract adult mosquitoes. You shouldn’t have to choose between your ideal lawn and pesky mosquitoes. Here are some tips on how you can have your favorite water features and keep mosquito populations at bay.
Greater than 2 Feet
Mosquito larvae must come to the surface of the water to breathe. Because of this, mosquito larvae prefer to water that is less than 24 inches deep. Installing water features that are deeper than 2 feet make the water less favorable to mosquitoes and larvae.
Keep the Water Moving
The addition of a waterfall, fountain, or another device that increases water circulation reduces the stagnation that allows mosquitoes to breed.
Make Their Environment Unfavorable
Mosquitoes rest in tall grass, weeds, and brush. By removing excess vegetation you will be removing their habitat. This also takes away food sources, shelter from the sun, and places the larvae can hide from predators.
Regularly check still water for mosquito larvae which regularly come up to breathe. Use fine dip nets to monitor for and remove larvae.
Implementing these tips can help reduce the mosquito population around your house, but these preventative measures may not completely stop larvae from developing into full-grown mosquitoes. For help controlling the mosquito population around your home, contact experts at Tuxedo Mosquito Control today!