Spring Mosquito Preparation: Getting Ready for the Mosquito Invasion
- February 26, 2020
Mosquitoes in Texas are a persistent and dangerous pest. These disease-ridden, biting bugs descend on our lawns in the spring and stay with us until the end of fall. Mosquitoes severely restrict how we utilize and enjoy our outdoor spaces during the spring, summer, and fall. Mosquito control is a hot topic for Texas homeowners, but when it comes to mosquito control, prevention and preparation are the keys. Here are a few spring mosquito preparation tips to help you prevent the biting swarms this year.
The single best way to control and prevent mosquitoes on your Texas property is by actively disrupting their life cycle. Mosquitoes rarely travel more than 100 feet from where they hatch, meaning the mosquitoes on your property were born in or around your lawn. Finding and eliminating the mosquito breeding sites helps you reduce the current and future population of these nasty pests.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water where, within 7-10 days, they will hatch and develop into a new generation of mosquitoes. If you can eliminate or treat the standing water in and around your lawn, then the current and future populations of mosquitoes drop significantly.
Make sure to empty out any standing water around your property every week. This disrupts the mosquito life cycle by not allowing any eggs or larvae from reaching adulthood. Change out the water in your birdbaths and water bowls every week and treat any swimming pools, water features, or ponds around your property.
Another excellent spring mosquito preparation tip is to make your lawn as inhospitable to mosquitoes as possible. As stated above, removing or treating any standing water in and around your lawn should be the first step, but there are a few more things you can do to prevent mosquitoes in your lawn.
If you notice water pooling or running off in your lawn after a rainstorm, then your lawn is vulnerable to a mosquito infestation. Poor drainage is typically caused by excess thatch and compacted soil. Have your lawn aerated in the spring to eliminate compacted soil and excess thatch, improving the drainage on your property and reducing the likelihood of a new batch of mosquitoes.
Because the days are too hot, mosquitoes hide in shady areas to avoid the heat. Oftentimes, they seek shelter in overgrown shrubs, trees, and bushes. By pruning and maintaining your ornamentals, you eliminate a major hiding spot for mosquitoes, forcing them to move on to more hospitable lawns.
Another common daytime hiding spot for mosquitoes is long grass. Consistently mow your lawn and remove any long grass around your property. Not only will this eliminate a common mosquito hiding spot, but it’ll also help prevent ticks from making a home in your lawn.
A natural and beautiful way to dissuade mosquitoes from moving into your property is by planting mosquito-repellent plants. Many of these fragrant plants produce oils that are commonly used in mosquito repellents. By planting them around the edge of your property or near doors and windows, you can create a type of barrier to reduce the population.
Many of these plants, like the peppermint, lemongrass, and lemon balm will need to be cut up or crushed to produce the oil that repels mosquitoes.
If you’re looking for the best spring mosquito preparation, then it’s time to call the pros at DFW Mosquito. With our one-time services and full-year mosquito control programs, investing in mosquito control services from DFW Mosquito is the best spring mosquito preparation available.
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