How to Maintain a Mosquito Free Yard All Summer Long

Mosquito sucking up bloodThe Atlanta area is a popular breeding ground for mosquitoes of all types, and it is important to protect yourself for several reasons, including being able to avoid those annoying itches as well as potentially dangerous diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus infection. Fortunately, several solutions are easy to do yourself while others involve contacting a pest solution professional.

Aedes Mosquitoes

These insects, which are also known as yellow fever mosquitoes, have fascinating white spots all over their bodies. They are about 4-7 mm long, making them a little smaller than average mosquitoes. These insects tend to have a shorter lifespan than other types of mosquitoes, about 15-30 days. Aedes mosquitoes originated in Africa before spreading throughout the world.

Anopheles Mosquitoes

This species is best known as the transmitter of malaria, which female anopheles mosquitoes can transmit. Although malaria has been almost entirely eradicated from the United States, and the vast majority of cases are acquired in other countries and brought in, malaria does still exist here. One characteristic that causes these mosquitoes to stand out is that they tend to be at an angle when feeding upon a human or other animal.

Culex Mosquitoes

These insects have a very short lifespan, only 10-14 days on average, and they usually focus their biting around sunrise and sunset, even more so than other types of mosquitoes. Although they are found in every state, they are known as the southern house mosquitoes in Atlanta and throughout this part of the country. Their bites can be especially itchy and painful.

Why Are They in My Yard?

Yards throughout the South attract all types of mosquitoes for a number of reasons. One often-cited reason is the existence of standing water in places like plastic toys, dog bowls and even something as seemingly innocuous as a bottle cap with water in it. Bushes, shrubs, tall grass and other forms of heavy vegetation also attract mosquitoes. Even leaves and twigs can invite a number of these pests.

Where Else Are They?

Frustratingly, mosquitoes can and do get inside homes on a regular basis. Of course, most know to keep all doors and windows closed except for those protected with screens. However, cracks in these areas or elsewhere in the house can be just large enough to give them a passageway indoors. If they are inside, they tend to hide in dark places, so make sure to look in these spots for more if you catch even one flying around your home.

What Should I Do?

If you are having issues with mosquitoes on your property, make sure to contact Bug Out, and we will take care of your mosquito control needs.