Of all the pest species that frequent our backyards, adult mosquitoes may be the worst of all. Capable of biting humans and sucking their blood, concerns associated with mosquito-borne diseases can keep homeowners from enjoying their lives to the fullest.
This article will provide some critical information about pesky mosquitoes, as well as the ways homeowners can identify, kill, and prevent infestations in their yards.
- 1 Mosquito Identification
- 2 Mosquito Lifecycle
- 3 The Dangers Of Mosquito Borne Diseases
- 4 How To Repel Mosquitoes
- 5 Natural Mosquito Treatments
- 6 Chemical Mosquito Treatments
- 7 What Can Attract Mosquitoes In The Yard
- 8 Mosquitoes FAQs
There are thousands of mosquito species located worldwide, a few hundred of which can be found in American backyards. Three of these, including the Asian tiger mosquito, culex mosquitoes, and Aedes mosquitoes, cause the most amount of problems for homes and families.
Below are a few of the most identifying features associated with mosquitoes.
- Loud ‘buzzing’ sounds while in the air.
- Long legs that appear ‘stanced’ while landed
- Color patterns of grey, black, and striped black and white
Mosquitoes present several types of significant issues, ranging from disease spread to general discomfort. Before we look into the specifics, let’s take a closer look at the mosquito lifecycle.
The mosquito breeding season ranges from April through October, although it could be longer or shorter depending on location and average rainfall. Mosquitoes move through a four-step life cycle process, beginning with eggs.
- Adult mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs in stagnant pools of water, sometimes as small as a bottle cap. After a period of one to two weeks, mosquito eggs hatch into aquatic larvae.
- While in the water, mosquito larvae are extremely vulnerable, and may be eaten by fish, frogs, and other small vertebrates.
- Mosquitoes develop from larvae to pupae very quickly, needing only five days or less to complete the transformation.
- Adult mosquitoes congregate in shady areas where they can take advantage of the humidity, cooler temperatures, and higher mammal movement. Dense bushes or shrubs attract mosquitoes during breeding seasons as well.
When mosquito season rolls around in late spring, no area of exposed skin will be safe from insect attack. The warmer weather and high amount of humidity will make mosquito treatment a must-have. The dangers of mosquito-borne diseases are one of the reasons why controlling mosquitoes is paramount to ongoing safety.
The Dangers Of Mosquito Borne Diseases
One of the biggest and most concerning aspects of a mosquito bite is the spread of illness. Even just one bite on exposed skin could spread one of dozens of serious diseases, some of which may prove fatal.
Some of the most common mosquito illnesses include:
- West Nile virus
- Yellow Fever
- Parasite eggs
It should be noted that not all mosquitoes have the ability to spread disease through their bites. In fact, only a very small percentage of mosquito species even bite humans at all. However, it is not worth the risk, particularly with mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus or yellow fever.
How To Repel Mosquitoes
According to the American Mosquito Control Association, the best forms of mosquito repellents include:
- Diethyl phthalate
- Diethyl carbate
- N, N-Diethyl-3-Methylbenzamide (DEET)
- Oil of lemon
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Ethyl hexanediol
Bear in mind that a mosquito repellent will not kill mosquitoes. Instead, these mixtures help to repel mosquitoes from a specific area and stop mosquitoes from laying eggs in standing water.
Natural Mosquito Treatments
One of the most beloved insect repellents on the market is essential oil. By mixing a few drops of oil into a spray bottle, homeowners can douse plants, furniture, and themselves with a powerful mosquito repellent.
Below are a few additional options:
- Eliminate mosquitoes with some form of mosquito netting, which prevents pests from getting into a certain area.
- Use a natural form of mosquito repellent around the area in question, using a spray bottle or professional applicator to coat trees and shrubs.
- Use a natural growth inhibitor such as BTI to eliminate mosquito larvae in or around standing water pools.
- Rely on natural applications of professional pest control for seasonal help.
The key to success for natural mosquito treatments is consistency. Don’t wait long before rolling out a new system!
Chemical Mosquito Treatments
Chemical mosquito control relies on a mixture of certain elements to kill mosquitoes and their eggs. Although some products may need special purchases, many others can be obtained over the counter:
Some of the other most popular mosquito killers on the market include:
We like Demand CS and Archer IGR to get rid of ticks and mosquitoes.
Another excellent form of mosquito control involves the use of traditional bug spray. This can be applied to your clothing or exposed skin to reduce the chances of mosquito bites. In either case, be sure to purchase a spray that works best for your needs.
What Can Attract Mosquitoes In The Yard
Below are a few of the household factors that draw mosquitoes in:
- Large amounts of shrubbery or tree branches
- Shady areas of the yard
- A north-facing home
- Plenty of standing water sources
- Thick vegetation near the sides of the home
Beyond these simple attractant factors, there is one other attractant that cannot be controlled: heat and carbon dioxide. Interestingly enough, carbon dioxide is produced every time you exhale, making it difficult if not impossible to manage a growing mosquito infestation without additional help.
If even one of these elements are present in the lawn, you could be attracting a serious mosquito problem to your home without even knowing it. Start implementing effective mosquito control right away to stop the life cycle in its tracks.
Here’s how to get rid of mosquitoes that are harboring around residential and commercial lawns.
- Drain any standing water on the property, including fountains, bird baths, and ponds. Less standing water leads to less mosquito breeding over time.
- Mow the grass often, and reduce vegetation near the sides of the home.
- Consider using a pest control company for one-time use.
The following are a couple of tips that could help you entertain fewer mosquitoes.
What is the most effective way to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard?
Some of the best natural mosquito traps include bug zappers or light emitters, which stop adult mosquitoes from laying eggs. Chemical treatments like insect growth regulators kill mosquito larvae before they pupate and become adults. If your mosquito problem is very advanced, or if you feel that repelling mosquitoes is too difficult to manage on your own, it may be a good idea to try some professional mosquito control.
What is the best home remedy to get rid of mosquitoes?
One of the most popular home remedies for mosquitoes includes natural repellent. This could stop local populations from growing out of control, although it will not able to exterminate serious infestations. Other popular mosquito repellents include a few drops of tea tree oil, citronella candles, lavender oil, and a mosquito net.
What smells or natural repellents do mosquitoes hate?
Citronella candles and essential oil are two of the strongest scents used to eliminate mosquito infestations. Lavender oil and eucalyptus oil are excellent when used as an overall insect repellent. Strongly scented herbs, including rosemary and mint, may also play a part in reducing mosquito populations. For additional assistance, reach out to a pest management professional for help.