Temperatures are not the only thing on the rise this summer. Mosquitoes thrive in the warmer and wetter summertime conditions, so populations can be expected to increase this time of year. Nearly all female mosquitoes feed on blood in order to produce eggs, and they are willing to risk your swats in order to get it! With more hungry mosquitoes flying around, it is important to protect yourself and your family from these biting pests. Here are some tips:
- Cover all exposed skin with long sleeves and pants when you plan on spending time outdoors where mosquitoes may be present.
- Apply mosquito repellents that contain the active ingredients DEET, picardin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or IR3535.
- Eliminate mosquito breeding sites from around your home. Mosquitoes require standing water to breed because their larvae are aquatic. If water is present for more than five days in a row, it has the potential to breed mosquitoes. Tip over any water-containing items regularly. Empty water from bird-baths, pots, bottles, barrels and clogged gutters. Even low areas in your yard can turn into breeding sites.
While you can deter mosquitoes from breeding on your property, you can’t control all of the conditions in your neighborhood. Adult mosquitoes can travel significant distances to find a meal. If you have a mosquito problem in your yard, we can help protect your family by treating the areas around your home where adult mosquitoes commonly rest.