Mosquitoes require water for breeding and Georgia makes for a great place for them to reside because of our humid and often times, rainy springs and summers. The added humidity keeps the moisture in the air, making it feel wet and sticky when you step outside. Standing water turns stagnant after some time and makes the perfect breeding spot for mosquitoes. The females lay their eggs in the water, and within a day or two, the larvae emerge and quickly grow into adults.
1. Remove standing water.
Removing any standing water on your property will drastically reduce mosquito numbers. Turn over unused pots that could collect rainwater, and fill up any holes in the yard or places like tree stumps and sidewalks.
2. Trim back the shrubbery.
Overgrown shrubbery gives mosquitoes a place to rest when they're not looking for humans to feed on. Keep the shrubs and hedges cut regularly to avoid unwanted infestations.
3. Keep the lawn mowed short.
Tall grass also serves as a resting spot for mosquitoes. You may need to increase your mowing frequency per month to reduce mosquitoes that use your lawn for congregating.
4. Plant mosquito-repellent flowers.
Planting flowers such as marigolds and geraniums can help keep away the mosquitoes. You can also plant garlic in your garden or keep pots of lemongrass in your yard to prevent nasty infestations.
5. Invest in professional mosquito control.
Pest control professionals can help to identify mosquito-prone areas in your yard. They can apply products to reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property, attacking them at every stage in the lifecycle—not just the adults. Mosquitoes carry diseases such as the Zika virus and the West Nile virus, so it's always a good idea to take a proactive approach to mosquito control.
Don't let mosquitoes take over your property. Contact Skyline Pest Solutions for a mosquito inspection today. Our team will treat any current mosquito populations, eliminate trouble spots and provide a customized preventative solution for combating any future infestations.