How Do I Keep Mosquitoes Out of My Home?

mosquito preventionMosquitoes can be an annoyance, and it is even worse when they get into your home. Before you realize it, you may have quite a few mosquito bites. Another issue is that mosquitoes can spread serious diseases like the Zika virus and West Nile virus. There are a few steps that you can take to prevent mosquitoes from getting in your home.

Treat Your Yard

One of the first things you can do is to treat your yard for mosquitoes. Applying a mosquito barrier spray around your yard will eliminate adult mosquitoes and stop new one from coming in. Understanding the life cycle of mosquitoes is essential in knowing that by applying larvicide to standing water you can stop any larvae from developing into adult mosquitoes. Mosquito Tek offers a summer plan that provides regular mosquito treatments, which should stop mosquitoes from getting into your yard.

Address Standing Water

Mosquitoes need standing water to breed. They can breed in just a capful of water. Working to eliminate any standing water around your home will help to reduce the number of mosquitoes that may make it into your home. Regularly check your yard to make sure that there are no containers that can collect standing water and you may need to address drainage issues if your yard turns swampy after a storm.

Standing water can also be an issue inside of your home. Check flower pots, vases and other containers that may hold water. Each container needs to be emptied out weekly and scrubbed in order to stop mosquito eggs from hatching and to kill developing larvae. If there is a serious problem in your home, you may want to treat your home or do a check for any water leaks to help eliminate places where they may be resting.

Check Your Screens

The final step you can take is to make sure that all of your window screens are in good repair. This can make a big difference in the number of mosquitoes that are currently in your home. If you do not already have screen doors installed in your home, you may want to consider adding them. This can reduce the number of mosquitoes and allows you to still have a breeze in your home during the evenings.

Life Cycle of Mosquitoes

mosquito biteMosquitoes are pesky insects. When you think about them, you likely think about the itchy annoying bites that they leave behind. There are over 3500 species of mosquitoes, with about 175 species living in the United States. In order to prevent mosquitoes, it is important to understand the different stages in their life cycle.

Eggs

Mosquitoes begin as eggs, and the eggs only hatch when exposed to water. Mosquitoes will look for standing water to lay their eggs, but they may also choose a swampy area that will become wet after they are laid. The time that the eggs take to hatch is dependent on the current conditions. Some mosquitoes lay a raft of eggs, where the eggs stick together, while others will lay single eggs.

Larvae

When mosquitoes are larvae they are water insects. They spend their time feeding and swimming in the water. Some will come to the surface to breathe. During this time, the larvae will molt several times until they become pupae.

Pupae

During this stage, the mosquito will swim around the water and not eat. They are inside a cocoon and changing into an adult mosquito.  This stage can take between two to four days.

Adult Mosquito

Once the adult mosquito hatches from the cocoon, they will rest on the water until their wings dry. An adult mosquito has two wings, a thorax and six legs. The male mosquitoes have a lifespan of about ten days. They do not feed on the blood of animals or humans. Female mosquitoes have a longer life span and can live between 42-56 days. They may also hibernate if the water gets too cold. Others will lay their eggs in freezing water.

The key to eliminating mosquitoes is to prevent them from developing into adults. Addressing the standing water around your property can help, but using larvicide is another option that will prevent the mosquitoes from developing into adults. If you truly want to stop mosquitoes, you can contact the experts at Mosquito Tek to learn about the treatment options available to you.

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