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Preparation Tips for Mosquito SeasonPosted May 26, 2022

Mosquitoes have ruined more than one backyard party, and they can even ruin casual trips outside to water the flowers or play with your dog. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. A few steps can make your backyard less welcoming to mosquitoes so you and your family can enjoy it more.

How to Prepare for Mosquito Season?

A little preparation can help keep mosquitoes away. Here are some steps to protect you and your family from mosquito bites:

• Check your window and door screens.

Holes and tears in window and door screens allow insects like mosquitoes to enter your home. Check them before installing or – if they’re up year-round – look for any damage that might have occurred during winter. Have them fixed or use a DIY kit to repair the damage.

• Mow your lawn regularly.

Regular, frequent lawn mowing will deprive mosquitoes of the tall grass they love. It’s especially important to keep the areas close to the house short. That way it won’t be as easy for mosquitoes to duck inside through an open door.

• Switch to yellow bug lights

Mosquitoes and other insects are attracted to the light from typical outdoor light bulbs. The color temperature of the yellow bug light doesn’t attract insects the same way. Installing them will decrease the number of bugs around an outside light at night.

• Treat or get rid of still water.

Mosquitoes look for standing water to lay their eggs in. While they love brackish water, any still water will do… including a birdbath, puddle, or a cup left outside in the rain. Even your potted plants can be a candidate if water pools in them. Make sure they have proper drainage holes.

A landscaper may be necessary to adjust the ground level in places where water puddles or a French Drain can be installed. Also, remember gutters when clearing standing water. Clogged gutters can become breeding grounds for mosquito eggs after a rainfall.

When standing water can’t be eliminated, other options may be available. For example, the chlorine in a swimming pool with proper chemical balance will prevent mosquito eggs from hatching. However, if the pool doesn’t have proper chlorine levels or a pool cover to keep mosquitos from laying eggs, it will attract mosquitoes.

To minimize the risk of mosquitoes breeding in a birdbath, change the water at least once a week. More frequent changes are better. It’s also smart to keep the birdbath away from doors, windows, and outside seating areas to help keep mosquitoes away from you. 

Similarly, if you keep a water bowl outside for pets, be sure to change it regularly. Every day is best for your pets’ health, so it’s not contaminated by dirt and other things.

For koi pond owners, look into BTI (also known as bacillus thuringiensis israelensis), which is a bacteria in the form of a “dunk” that will kill mosquitoes in any water. BTI is usually considered safe for aquatic plants and fish, but it should not be added to a pet’s water bowl. Another option for ornamental ponds is to select fish that eat mosquito eggs.

• Bug repellent plants.

Botanists and gardening enthusiasts say that certain plants can deter certain insects (such as mosquitoes). Plants typically included on this list are marigolds, basil, mint, geraniums, lemon balm, chrysanthemums, rosemary, garlic, eucalyptus, thyme, and lavender. Despite the recommendations, results can vary widely.

• Use candles and fans outside.

If you’re throwing an outdoor party that you expect to last until dusk, two more tactics might help. Mosquitoes are weak flyers, so they can have problems flying through a fan’s air current. A few fans set up to blow air around the seating area (not necessarily on you) can help deter mosquitoes from biting you and your guests.

Another option is to keep lit candles – in fire-safe locations – around the party area because insects don’t like smoke. While some recommend citronella candles, the smoke is the real deterrent, so any candle will work. Of course, do not leave candles unattended and follow basic safety measures to prevent fires caused by the candles.

• Consider mosquito treatments.

While all the prior methods may help to varying degrees, mosquitoes will likely still be a problem. Actual mosquito treatments are more effective.

However, the temptation to go to the do-it-yourself method might not deliver the results you expect. Those DIY foggers, sprays, and aerosols can be less effective if used at the wrong time of day or if not used correctly. Plus, they can also kill beneficial insects along with the mosquitoes.

Professional mosquito treatments last longer and are more accurately applied. If you want the peace of mind of enhanced mosquito protection, give us a call at Fox Pest Control to discuss options.

When Are Mosquitos More Active?

For most species of mosquitoes that you’ll find on Long Island, their prime activity times are dawn, early morning, and dusk. They’re less likely to be active during the heat of midday. The start and length of the Mosquito season vary from year to year based on several factors, including temperatures and rainfall. For the northeast, this can last anywhere from April through October.

Fox Pest Control Eliminates Mosquitos

Avoid the aggravation and stress of mosquitoes by calling Fox Pest Control. We are experts at protecting your family from mosquito infestations and the annoying bites that accompany them. If you have a mosquito problem in your yard or are looking for preventative treatments, give us a call to discuss your options. To get started, contact us today.

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