We’ve all had these evenings…the ones where the mosquitoes get so bad, you actually have to head inside early to get a break from the buzzing and biting. Or the times when you’re trying to relax and watch TV, but you have to keep swatting one away. You shouldn’t feel like a prisoner in your own home or yard.
Signs of a Mosquito Infestation
Unlike many other insects, the signs of a mosquito infestation, unfortunately, have to do with you. If you suddenly start to get numerous mosquito bites in and around your home, you are likely dealing with an infestation. While the summertime invites a number of flying insects in your home, try to identify what you see and watch for an uptick in mosquito stings. Mosquitoes are just over 1/2″ long.
What Causes a Mosquito Infestation?
Mosquitoes love water because that’s where females lay their eggs. If you are located near water or if you have standing water somewhere on your lawn, you have a greater chance of having problems with mosquitoes. Bird baths, ditches that collect rainwater, and pots and buckets provide enough water for mosquito eggs to thrive.
They make their way into your home when you leave the door or windows open without a screen. Because they are attracted to the smell of your skin, you might be the one encouraging them to follow.
Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?
You have likely heard about mosquitoes in the news frequently, and there’s a good reason for it: they are a health hazard, not just because of the annoying itching. They transfer many serious viruses, including:
- West Nile Virus
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis
- La Crosse Encephalitis
- St. Louis Encephalitis
- Zika Virus
- Heartworm in dogs
How Can You Get Rid of Mosquitoes?
Use Repellent Sprays, Plants, and Candles: Apply a lotion or spray repellent containing DEET (N-Diethyl-3-Methylbenzamide) to your skin. Plant herbs like citronella, lavender, and rosemary. And light citronella candles.
Remember that repellents aren’t a permanent fix, but they can reduce the population to provide some reprieve.
Switch to LED Bulbs: Non-LED bulbs can attract bugs, including mosquitoes. This goes for inside your home too.
Remove Their Breeding Grounds: Mosquitoes thrive in stagnant water, so remove containers, bird baths, and other places that attract a puddle. If you have a pond, install a pump to circulate water.
Make It Harder to Get Inside: Shut every door behind you and make sure all your window screens are intact.
Don’t Wait Until You’re Itching to Call Us for Mosquito Control Services
Your local pest professionals at Shades of Green Lawn & Landscape know mosquitoes are more than just pesky pests. That’s why we have mosquito services devoted to making your outdoors more comfortable and keeping your family safe. Call us today at 765-771-9998.
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