Have you had enough of mosquitoes? Are you tempted to lock yourself in your home and wait for them to go away? Although most people may not be ready to hibernate through summer to avoid mosquitoes, we would guess that most folks are ready for mosquito season to be over. But, unfortunately, we still have a couple more months before the cooler weather causes mosquito numbers to decline.
Why Mosquitoes Are Still Active
As you may have noticed, mosquitoes are not a year-round pest here in the north. Each year in the fall, mosquitoes disappear. Why? Do they fly south for the winter as birds do? For Southerners' sake, we hope that is not the case! What is actually happening is this. Mosquitoes cannot survive the cold and most die off. In fact, they begin to have trouble at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and it is around this temperature that female mosquitoes either lay their eggs in stagnant water and die, or hide to overwinter until spring brings back warmer weather.
Steps To Take In The Middle Of Summer To Mitigate Mosquitoes
When it comes to dealing with mosquitoes, limiting their ability to breed is key. The problem is, with mosquito season in full swing, the most effective prevention tip (eliminating sources of stagnant water) is not going to help much. Mosquitoes can live for up to two months, and any existing mosquitoes will remain a problem long after you remove water sources. This does not mean you are completely out of luck. Here are some things you can do to deter mosquitoes.
- Install fans around outdoor lounging areas. Mosquitoes are lousy flyers and even this light breeze will prevent them from being able to land.
- Wear insect repellant when outside to reduce your chances of being bitten.
- Wear light-colored clothing.
- Consider installing nets around porches and other outdoor lounging areas.
- Avoid going outdoors around dusk and dawn.
The Best Step For Late Mosquito Control
If you are not a fan of wearing bug spray, and you don't like the idea of installing fans outdoors, we have a better option for you here at Green Pest Management. It comes in the form of professional mosquito control. With a single visit from one of our pest experts, your yard will be almost 100% mosquito-free.
To find out more about our services or to schedule a treatment for your yard, call us today!