Mosquitoes’ Favorite Backyard Breeding Grounds to Watch Out For!
Did you know it only takes as little as four days for a mosquito to go from an egg to a blood-sucking, disease-spreading adult? With all the heavy spring rain Northeast Ohio has seen over the past couple of weeks, now is the perfect time to turn our attention to preventing our backyards from becoming the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
1. Beware of any and all standing water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in as little as one ounce of standing water, and they cannot hatch unless they are exposed to water. Gutters, children’s toys, pet water bowls, tarps, bird baths, tree stumps, and even water-logged planters are the ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Store any outdoor children’s toys or gardening bins upside down or in containers that will prevent them from accumulating water. Be sure to thoroughly clean any containers that housed standing water, rather than just dumping them out. Mosquito eggs adhere to the bottom and sides of these containers and survive for up to eight months, only to hatch when they are once again submerged in water. In fact, studies have shown that mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in manmade containers because they will remain attached to the sides when the container dries up, unless they are scrubbed off.
2. Properly maintain all large bodies of water on your property that will harbor mosquitoes, including small ponds and pools.
Mosquitoes love nothing more than a large body of undisturbed water for laying their eggs. Rain water collects in pool covers, creating the perfect incubator for mosquito larvae. Furthermore, pools that have not been treated with the right amount of chemicals can quickly become an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. For your ponds, consider installing a fountain or stocking them with mosquitofish (Gambusia Affinis), which consume 42-167% of their body weight each day. Adding floating plants can also help by reducing the surface area upon which mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
3. Tend to mosquitoes’ favorite resting places throughout your backyard.
Mosquitoes are largely inactive during the hottest hours of the day, but for in shady areas and on cloudy days. They look for sheltered places, such as the underside of leaves, in brush or thick weeds, holes in the ground, hollow logs or holes in trees. Keep your grass cut short and your foliage trimmed back to reduce mosquito hangout hotspots in your yard. Fill in any tree holes or stumps around your property. Clean out your gutters regularly to prevent them from clogging and collecting water. Most importantly, hire a professional to apply backpack misting treatments to mosquitoes’ favorite resting spots around your property. Doing so will help you get ahead of the bite and prevent mosquito infestations before they begin!
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