The warmer months of the year draw people in Tennessee and Northern Mississippi outdoors to enjoy the warm weather. Unfortunately, these months also bring mosquitoes. These tiny insects feed on blood and leave people and animals suffering from itchy bites. They are more than annoying, however. Mosquitoes are known to carry a number of different diseases, including the Zika virus, encephalitis, malaria, dengue fever and others. The professionals at Proven Pest Management can treat your lawn during the warm months so that you can reduce the mosquito population on your property.
Locations Where Mosquitoes are Likely to be Found
During the day, mosquitoes tend to rest in shrubbery and tall grasses, and they may bite people and animals that draw near to where they are hiding. The most problematic types of mosquitoes tend to be the most active during dusk, dawn and the nighttime hours. All mosquito species depend on water sources to survive because they lay their eggs in bodies of standing water. Some species prefer clean water while others prefer stagnant water. They may lay their eggs in water that has collected anywhere outdoors.
What Attracts Mosquitoes to Your Home?
Mosquitoes are attracted to body heat and the carbon dioxide that people and other mammals exhale. They will consequently stay near buildings where their food sources are located. Because they require sources of water to lay their eggs, mosquitoes will be likelier to swarm on your property if you have standing water sources available to them. Water that has collected in birdbaths, child pools, ponds, old tires or buckets will attract mosquitoes.
What to do About Mosquitoes
Since mosquitoes need sources of water, you can start by carefully inspecting your lawn to eliminate all standing water. Empty out child pools when they are not in use, and remove standing water that is contained inside bird baths or that has collected in buckets or other objects on your property. During the winter months, turn buckets and other containers upside down. Mosquitoes may lay their eggs in containers when they are dry. When rain later falls, the eggs will hatch. Clear out brush around your property so that mosquitoes have fewer places to hide.
To help you cope with a mosquito invasion during the mosquito season, which runs from April through October, Proven Pest Management will treat your entire yard. We use a product that reduces the mosquito population by means of a growth regulator, which in turn curbs mosquito breeding. The equipment we use to cut down on the breeding resembles a leaf blower. We use it to spray a fog in areas in which the mosquitoes hide when the sun is out. Usually this involves plants and shrubs.
If you plan to spend some time outdoors, make certain that you avoid using perfumes. Spray yourself liberally with an insect spray. Use citronella candles and torches around the perimeter of your picnic table if you will be holding a barbecue. Treat standing water in ponds or ornamental pools. Finally, you can schedule routine treatments for your lawn with Proven Pest Management. We can spray your lawn and treat your ponds and ornamental pools to help to reduce the mosquito populations on your property. To get your free quote, contact Proven Pest Management today.