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Year-Round Mosquito Prevention Tips for Souderton Residents

Were you surprised to read the words year-round mosquito prevention? If you were, we understand. Mosquitoes are definitely not typically viewed as a winter pest problem. However, there are some things you can do during the winter months that can have an impact on the mosquito populations in your yard in the spring. Here are a few tips to help you protect your Souderton home!

What You Need To Know

While there is some variance in how mosquitoes breed and how they grow their populations, most species rely on stagnant water sources as part of their life cycle. Adult mosquitoes lay their eggs in still water. Those eggs then hatch into larvae and develop into pupae in these areas of standing water, feeding on fungi, algae, and other microorganisms to survive. But if you can break this cycle of reproduction, you can have an impact on the mosquito populations in your yard in the spring and summer. This can be done at any time of the year!

1. Remove Containers

If you have any containers in your yard that can collect rainwater, it is important to remove them to deter mosquito breeding on your property. This could be a wide range of items. It might be a tire or a lawnmower sitting outside. It could be the top of an appliance stored in the backyard or a discarded toy. There are many objects that can function as containers for rainwater.

2. Prevent Water Accumulation

If you have conditions that allow water to form into puddles on your property, these should be addressed. Some examples of these conditions include a broken or obstructed gutter system, a damaged spigot, water hose, or sprinkler, or compacted soil that doesn't allow water to sink into the ground. Anything that creates areas of standing water provides mosquitoes with a place to breed. And all those mosquitoes need is an inch of water to be able to breed!

3. Alter Containers

Some objects that can hold water are able to be altered instead of removed. For example, if you have a tire swing, you can poke a hole in the bottom of the tire to allow any collected water to drain out. If you're able to make an alteration, it can prevent rainwater from accumulating inside as well as the mosquitoes that breed in that water. You can also take measures like turning over a kiddie pool when it is not being used to eliminate stagnant water sources around your home.

If you have an ornamental pond in your yard, there are two ways you can prevent mosquitoes from using it as a breeding site: introduce new water to allow water circulation to occur or put fish in the pond to eat developing mosquitoes.

4. Empty Containers

Sometimes, containers can't be removed or altered, such as bird baths. If you have an object in your yard that holds stagnant water, empty it out periodically to prevent mosquitoes from developing. It takes over a week for mosquito eggs to fully develop into adults mosquitoes. As eggs, larvae, and pupae, mosquitoes need to remain in stagnant water. If that water is emptied onto the ground, those mosquitoes are likely to die off. This is especially effective at controlling mosquito populations in spring as mosquitoes often survive the winter in their eggs because they are more resistant to the cold, winter temperatures inside their eggs.

Mosquito Control

Controlling these breeding sites is the first step, and it is a powerful step as most mosquitoes won't travel more than a few hundred yards from their birth site. And by reducing mosquitoes in your yard, you'll definitely reduce your chances of being bitten by mosquitoes in the spring and summertime. But for the best control possible, the use of professional mosquito control products is required. The insecticides used by pest control experts will work to eliminate mosquitoes that come into your yard from neighboring properties and make your yard a mosquito trap for your neighborhood. This works to reduces mosquitoes on a much larger scale than controlling breeding sites can do on its own. This application of insecticide should always be done by a trained and licensed professional. The professionals will apply the right amount of EPA-approved products to key locations on your property for successful mosquito reduction.

If you live in our extensive Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware service area, consider us at Moyer Pest Control for your pest control needs! Our mosquito abatement service is just one of many services we provide our customers to protect them from harmful viruses and diseases spread by pests. Life has enough challenges without adding mosquito-borne diseases and other pest threats into the mix. Schedule a free inspection with us and get your protection in place today!

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