Fall Mosquito Control
- September 21, 2020
For most of the United States, fall brings an end to the dreaded mosquitoes. But here in Texas, our mosquito season is much longer. The southern parts of our state can see mosquito activity well into November.
Gutters can fill with leaves, twigs, and other debris that can create clogs and cause water to back up. This creates a perfect habitat for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Clogged gutters can also be an overwintering spot for mosquitoes and larvae.
The most important part of mosquito control is the elimination of breeding areas.
Female mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to lay eggs. Everyday objects around your yard can be turned into mosquito breeding zones after a rain. Empty all water from buckets, trash cans, flower pots, toys, lawn furniture, wheelbarrows, old tires, ditches, and birdbaths.
Mosquitoes are annoying and the bane of any homeowner looking to enjoy their outdoor spaces in peace. We’ve talked before about natural ways to deter mosquitoes. Still, there are a variety of natural predators that feast on mosquitoes and they can affect the mosquito population in your yard.
If you have a pond or fountain that you don’t want to turn into a mosquito breeding area, you could introduce some mosquito-eating fish. Many species of fish feed on all stages of mosquito larvae and can play a big role in controlling the mosquito population. The most notorious mosquito-eating fish is the gambusia fish or the mosquitofish. These small predators consume mosquito larvae in all phases of their life. Be cautious when introducing this fish to your water features. If insect larvae run out, this aggressive fish will eat other fish, including its own species. Other fish also eat mosquito larvae. Smaller guppies, killifish, or common goldfish will also feed on mosquito larvae and are far less aggressive eaters.
Dragonflies are another natural enemy of the mosquito in all stages. Dragonflies also deposit their eggs in standing water. When the eggs hatch, the larvae will attack and eat defenseless mosquito larvae, while the adults feed on adult mosquitoes.
Purple martins have a long reputation as natural insect predators. These aces of the sky spend their day swooping and dive-bombing insects mid-flight. They also eat garden pests like Japanese beetles and cucumber beetles. You can attract purple martins to live in your yard by erecting purple martin houses. They are aggressive insect eaters but don’t count on them to solve your mosquito problem alone.
Bats are the only predator that is active when mosquitoes are most prevalent at night. Bats, like purple martins, hunt insects in mid-flight by using echolocation to find their prey. Mosquitoes make up a small part of their diet, but they can provide relief when other predators are in the area. You can attract bats by erecting bat houses in isolated locations. Bat houses need to be at least twelve feet off the ground and twenty feet of open space to fly into.
Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your backyard. Call the experts at DFW Mosquito and get set up on a year-round mosquito control program that will keep these pests out of sight and out of mind.
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