The length of the mosquito breeding cycle varies by species, but mosquitoes generally need 10 to 14 days to develop in standing water. Mosquitoes, especially those species known to transmit the West Nile virus, prefer stagnant water for breeding.
Some female mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in water that collects and water that is stored in manmade containers. If you have things like vases, bird baths, or even an old tire located somewhere inside or outside of your home, chances are you are providing mosquitos the perfect place to lay their eggs.
Things You Can Do
Items in and around people’s homes can collect water. To keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside and outside of your home, remove any standing water. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out containers that hold water.
If you must store water, tightly cover storage containers to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside and laying eggs. You can use larvicides to treat large containers of standing water, like rain barrels, that will not be used for drinking and cannot be covered or dumped out.
Where the Experts Come In
Although there are steps that you can take to reduce the mosquito population around your home, chances are these steps will not be enough to rid you of your mosquito problem. In cases where preventative methods are not enough, you should contact your local mosquito control experts.
Tuxedo Mosquito offers a range of control methods from business and residential misting systems to monthly and special events spraying services. Contact us for a free yard evaluation to discuss which of our services will best help you safely rid your home of mosquitoes.