In the Knoxville area, mosquito season begins in May. That isn't to say that you can't get bitten by a mosquito in April or even March but May is when mosquito activity starts to really pick up. Before it does, it is important to take measures to prevent waking or hatching mosquitoes from taking root in your yard. Here's what you need to know.
First of all, what do we mean by "taking root" in your yard? How can mosquitoes take root if they're already in your yard? Well, the mosquitoes that are currently in your yard are going to hatch or wake up with one thing on their mind, that is to look for ideal conditions that will ensure their survival. If your yard doesn't provide what they're looking for, they'll go "take root" in someone else's yard instead of continuing to use your yard as a breeding ground. So, if your yard is a great place for those mosquitoes to settle down and make babies, you can start today to change that.
Some species of mosquito lay eggs before winter and only the eggs survive. In spring, those eggs hatch and the mosquitoes that emerge seek out a blood meal and being laying batches of eggs, 100 at a time! Now is the time to prevent this from happening. You can stop mosquitoes from hatching by inspecting your lawn for stagnant water sources and addressing them. Some examples are:
- Checking for organic debris in your gutter system and removing it. This will allow the water to channel down and away from your home.
- Pick toys up from the yard or shake them off. If you have a kiddie pool, turn it over and leave it bottom side up.
- Pour out any objects that have collected rainwater.
Along with the direct emptying of stagnant water sources in your yard, it is a good idea to take the time to make changes that will prevent water accumulation all year long. Here are a few ways you can do this:
- For objects like a bird bath, consider adding a circulator pump to keep the water moving or add some fish to gobble up developing mosquitoes.
- For objects like a tire swing, poke a hole in the bottom to allow drainage.
- For holes in your yard that create stagnant puddles, fill them in. If you have a wildlife problem, such as a groundhog or mole creating holes in your yard, reach out to a licensed pest control company that offers wildlife control.
Some species of mosquito are able to survive the winter by lying dormant. When you empty stagnant water, you are not going to address these mosquitoes. But you can have an impact on them by keeping your landscaping as dry as possible.
- As you are tending to the plants around your home, consider creating space between them. This will allow the wind to move through your landscaping and dry the topsoil after you water your plants.
- Plant some mosquito-resistant plants. When mosquitoes wake up and find lemongrass, citronella, basil, marigold, lavender, or some other undesirable plant, it could drive them to choose your neighbor's landscaping to hide in and breed in.
- Removing plants can have a big impact on mosquito populations. Mosquitoes suck the sap from plants to get carbohydrates. A yard filled with plants will be a mosquito paradise. Fewer plants will give waking mosquitoes fewer reasons to stick around.
All Mosquitoes in Your Yard
You can address all the mosquitoes currently in your yard and mosquitoes that will venture into your yard this spring by investing in seasonal mosquito service. When you have routine treatments to your landscaping and other key locations where mosquitoes hide, your yard becomes a giant mosquito trap. This is the most effective way to reduce mosquitoes in spring and all year long. If you're ready to take the leap and see what a powerful difference mosquito service can make, reach out to us. Russell's Pest Control provides industry-leading pest control to Knoxville and the surrounding area. We'll give your yard exactly what it needs to eliminate mosquitoes and keep them away throughout the mosquito season.
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