These little blood suckers affect millions of people worldwide each year and can transmit diseases to humans, domestic animals and wildlife. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed and many mosquito problems can be attributed to backyard containers holding rain water, such as childrens toys, tin cans, tire swings and plugged gutters. The most effective way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate these standing water breeding areas and chemical treatment of breeding sites.
Quick Mosquito Facts
- Mosquitoes can transmit a variety of diseases including West Nile Virus.
- It’s the female mosquito that bites you to get a blood meal, the male feeds on plant juices.
- Mosquitoes can live up to three weeks during the summer months.
- Most mosquitoes live within 1 mile of their breeding site.
- Mosquitoes can fly up to 1.5 miles per hour.
- Mosquitoes use a combination of ways to find their host, including carbon dioxide, heat and light.
- Mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle.
Take the Bite Out of Mosquitoes
- Remove any standing water found on your property.
- Keep windows and doors closed with screens in place.
- Mosquito repellants can help protect people if used correctly. Apply to all exposed skin evenly, mosquitoes can still bite any untreated area. Spray all outer clothing and spray your palms to apply repellent to your checks and face.
- Mosquito larvae will live in dense vegetation along ponds. Clean out vegetation from pond edges.
- Check for standing water on flat roofs and remove water where present.
- Make sure rain gutters run smoothly and do not collect standing water. Remove leaves and debris.
- Check for standing water in flower pots in and around your house and yard and remove.
- Fill holes in trees with sand or drill drainage holes.
- Change bird bath water at least once per week.
- Keep tight covers on rain barrels.
- Remove old tires, toys, buckets or anything else than can collect rain water.