Areas of standing water create an optimal breeding area for mosquitoes. They lay their eggs on the water surface or near the water edge. Mosquito eggs are very hardy and can survive under most conditions, therefore, many species overwinter as eggs, others as larvae or adults. The mosquito egg can lay dormant for FIVE YEARS. Once hatched, the eggs become mosquito larvae then full-grown mosquitoes in 7-14 days.
Larvicide is a pelletized product which our technicians apply to areas of standing water, such as small ponds, swamps, marshes and/or flooded areas. Treatment of these breeding habitats help reduce the adult mosquito population in nearby areas by preventing the mosquito larvae from becoming an adult mosquito.
Follow these tips for your property to help greatly reduce the chances of mosquitoes mulitplying in your yard!
Mosquitoes need fresh water to reproduce. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons, and toy trucks; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters, and flat roofs.
Toss excess grass clippings, leaves, firewood and other yard debris from your yard & garden. Ticks like cool shady places provided by these items.
Turn over larger items that could hold water like children’s swimming pools or sand buckets. If it is a bird bath that is meant to have water, dump and clean it out every 3-4 days to avoid mosquito breeding.
If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water. Remove or tighten tarps.
Take care of home maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water. Assess areas where pool of water may form such as faucets, drains, uneven sod and hoses.
Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito and tick control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.
Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on your property with our mosquito barrier treatment.