Mosquitoes in Dover, Delaware can be a pain. But they don't have to be. There are ways to prevent mosquito bites, especially in your backyard. Here are some quick tips to help you get control of the mosquitoes in your yard and to reduce bites.
Step One: Breeding Site Reduction
When mosquitoes come into your yard, females search for stagnant water sources in which to lay their eggs. This can be a puddle in your backyard, blockage of water in your gutters, rainwater in a toy in your backyard, water in a cup on the railing of your deck, a kiddie pool, and more. You can prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your yard by removing these sources and altering conditions that promote standing water.
You might be wondering, "Why is this important? Don't mosquitoes fly through yards all the time?" No. Mosquitoes don't fly all over the place. In the life of a mosquito, it may not fly more than 300 feet in their entire lifetime. The mosquitoes that bite you in your yard are often mosquitoes that were born in your yard.
Step Two: Get Water Moving
If you have a source of water in your yard, it is important that you circulate it. Pools, birdbaths, ponds, and similar resources need to have some form of water circulation or they need to be treated with larvicide.
Why is it important to get water moving? Mosquitoes rise to the surface and dry their wings before they take off for the first time. They can do this in moving water. For this reason, female mosquitoes won't lay their eggs in water that is moving around.
Step Three: Reduce Vegetation
Are you aware that mosquitoes need sugar more than they need blood? It's true. For this reason, male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar, plant sap, and honeydew. If you have a lot of vegetation in your yard, you're likely to have lots of mosquitoes. Remove unwanted and unnecessary vegetation, especially flowers and flowering plants, around your home to reduce the food source that mosquitoes need to survive.
Step Four: Add Some Plants
"Didn't you just say to remove plants?" Yes. We did. However, there are some plants that are repellent to mosquitoes. The list is quite long. It includes lavender, citronella, lemon balm, and other pretty smelling plants. It also includes some plants and herbs that don't smell so good, like catnip and garlic. If you plant mosquito-repellent plants in your landscaping, they can work to reduce mosquitoes. You must keep in mind that they don't work well on their own. They need to be touched in order to activate the mosquito-repelling scents. Put these plants in areas that are near outdoor recreation. As you relax or spend time outside, rub your hands over these plants. The scent will be activated. You can also rub the oils on your skin for added protection. It's all-natural.
The above steps can have an impact on mosquito activity in your yard and help you reduce bites. In some yards, this is all that is needed, but some yards need more protection. You may live near a wetland or marshy area. You may have a lot of vegetation on your property. There can be many conditions that you can't control or don't want to alter. In these cases, professional mosquito reduction is essential. This is where we can help. Our Seasonal Mosquito & Tick Program will provide your exterior with routine treatments to repel and eliminate mosquitoes and prevent them from resting or reproducing in your yard. The products we use are only harmful to simple organisms like mosquitoes and ticks. If you'd like to learn more, or schedule service, reach out to us. We look forward to assisting you.