Nashville and Murfreesboro TN
Most people assume that these cold winter months kill off mosquitos. After all, we don’t see them around in subfreezing weather. While wintertime means we don’t have to worry about these pesky, blood-sucking insects, it doesn’t mean that they are gone until summer. Here is what happens to mosquitos during the winter, and how you can prevent a future hatching problem when spring arrives.
As temperatures begin to drop below 50 degrees, female mosquitos deposit their eggs into water has low as half an inch, where the eggs will remain suspended under water until early spring. Once spring arrives with frequent rainfalls and warmer temperatures, the eggs will hatch into the notorious mosquitos. Then, we all know what happens from here as we swat these pesky insects while attempting to enjoy the outdoors. When we least expect it, this new generation of mosquitos will begin to enjoy their first meal by biting humans. The worst part is that mosquitos can carry diseases such as Zika virus. Preventing these eggs from hatching near your property can help minimize your chance of getting mosquito bites.
Remove Standing Water
Make sure that you also remove all standing water from around your property. This includes emptying flowerpots that do not drain well, any buckets or empty pots, garbage cans, small swimming pools or any other type of receptacle that holds water. To prevent water from pooling in these areas, make sure that flowerpots can drain well, secure garbage cans with lids, and store buckets or containers upside down or inside the garage or a shed.
Remember that toys such as little riding cars, tire swings, and other toys can hold water that is deep enough for mosquitos to lay eggs. Store these items away from rainfall or cover them with a tarp before it rains.
Proper drainage around your property and in your gutters is an essential way of eliminating breeding grounds for mosquitos. Be sure to keep your gutters clean of any debris that could cause a water backup.
Even a low-lying area of your yard that retains water should be properly drained to prevent water retention. You can prevent water from pooling in your yard by redirecting water runoff. A landscape professional could even help incorporate this redesign in a way that is aesthetic and functional.
Aside from eliminating standing water from your property, you can protect yourself by using bug repellants.
One of the most obvious methods of mosquito bite prevention is to cover yourself with bug repellant that contains at least 20% DEET. While this type of bug spray is proven to be effective, many consumers prefer a natural repellant that contains picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus. Notice that oil of lemon-eucalyptus is not the same as mixing lemon and eucalyptus essential oil.
If you are not keen on the idea of applying anything directly to your skin, consider using bug repellant candles or planting herbs or plants known to ward off pesky mosquitos. Mosquitos tend not to like citronella, lemongrass, lavender, Rosemary, and Basil plants. Line your patio with these fragrant plants and herbs to avoid getting bitten by mosquitos.
Repair Leaky Pipes or Hoses
Take care of any leaky pipes, hoses, or hydrants outside of your home. Dripping water can cause the ground to become moist and collect just enough water for mosquitos to lay their eggs.
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