Every spring, mosquitoes appear again in North Reading. At first glance, it may look like magic, but we assure you that there is no magic involved. Mosquitoes have a natural way to survive the cold Massachusetts winters. If you understand how they do this, it can give you some important insight to help you understand how you can protect yourself and your family from bites. Yes, these two really do go together.
Two Ways Mosquitoes Make It Through Winter
Some mosquito species can survive the winter by going into hiding. In protected locations, they are shielded from the wind chill that can lower temperatures to a mosquito-killing temperature. In these hiding places, mosquitoes go into a low-energy stage called diapause. It's a little bit like hibernation, only there is no biological clock involved. When temperatures warm up, these mosquitoes will get busy reproducing again.
The most common way mosquitoes make it through winter is inside protective eggs. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water sources or on damp ground in the fall. These freeze during the winter and the eggs go into a sort of suspended animation. When temperatures warm up and the ice melts, the mosquitoes hatch from their eggs, develop into adults, and take to the air.
What We Can Learn From Winter Mosquitoes
When mosquitoes come into your yard, they look for hiding places and water sources. It's what they do all year long. These two facts are the keys to unlocking mosquito control.
Hiding Places — Long before winter comes, mosquitoes hide in your yard and wait for you to come out of your home. They would much rather sit in hiding than fly around in your yard, wasting precious energy. This is why pest control professionals apply treatments to the vegetation in your landscaping. They know that mosquitoes will locate resting areas and hide.
Water Sources — Mosquitoes lay eggs in water sources all year long. When they lay their eggs in water that is not on its way to freezing, the eggs hatch and develop as they would in spring. This is why it is important to address any standing water in your yard. If mosquitoes can't find water sources around your home, they'll have a hard time reproducing in your yard.
How To Stop Mosquitoes From Biting
Many people have the idea that mosquitoes fly from yard to yard looking for people to bite. This is not the case at all. The mosquitoes that bite you in your yard are mosquitoes that probably live in your yard. When you remove water sources, you'll get fewer bites. Here are a few tips:
Address gutter clogs and gutter repair issues.
Address damaged plumbing, broken spigots, and leaking hoses or sprinklers.
Remove containers from your yard. Keep in mind that it only takes 1 inch of water for mosquitoes to develop.
Alter conditions that allow water to collect after a rainstorm. Containers aren't the only way water can sit in your yard. You may have compacted ground or other issues that allow water to sit.
Water your plants in the morning to give the sun plenty of time to dry the moisture before nightfall, and only give your plants the water they need.
Doing this can reduce mosquitoes around your home. Sometimes, this is all that is required to reduce them to a comfortable level. But there are many reasons you may want more control than this may offer you. After all, it only takes one infected mosquito to make you sick. You may want the absolute best protection possible. This is where a mosquito control professional can help.
How Mosquito Control Works
As we mentioned above, a professional treats hiding places on your property to get control of mosquitoes. This works to repel mosquitoes and arrest development of mosquitoes in your yard. You can invest in a one-time treatment to deal with mosquitoes before an outdoor event or invest in seasonal mosquito treatments. These treatments work to target the development process of mosquitoes. They are not harmful to you, your kids, or your pets. If you're concerned about any use of chemicals in your yard, we've developed a treatment option that uses natural and organic sprays to get control of mosquitoes in the places they hide.
At Master Mosquito Control, we specialize in mosquito control. If you live in North Reading, contact us today to talk with us about service options. We can guide you toward the right mosquito control solution for your unique needs. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance. We're here to help.