You’re enjoying a romantic picnic by the lake, the sun is going down, and everything is perfect… until BOOM, a swarm of mosquitoes cramp your style and start eating you alive.
Ever wondered where they all come from? Well, believe it or not, the answer is: mosquito breeding grounds are all around you.
Water, water, water!
All mosquitoes need water to breed. Mosquitoes don’t travel far from standing water; that’s because the female mosquito (they do the biting) needs water to deposit her eggs after she’s gone to town on your blood, and guess what? All she needs is about an inch.
How To Reduce Mosquito Breeding Grounds
Tiny mosquito larvae come to life in as little as an inch of water, so it’s important that you make the effort to reduce mosquito breeding grounds and remove any standing water from around the yard to give yourself a chance at avoiding mosquito bites.
Considering mosquitoes can develop in tiny pockets of water found in old tires, pet bowls, or gutters, imagine how many could breed in an unused boat that’s been collecting rainwater all season long?
Mosquitoes Love Old Tires
Tires are notorious for breeding thousands of mosquitoes. Filled with water, they’re a potential breeding ground for the biting female mosquito. But that’s not the only reason mosquitoes get comfortable in them.
After sitting around for a while, tires can become filled with nutritious leaves for mosquitoes to feed on for energy. Only female mosquitoes suck our blood (they use the protein for breeding purposes) while both male and female mosquitoes eat plant matter for nutrition.
The thick, rubbery composition of tires also helps provide insulation and protection for mosquito eggs, making them the perfect nest for a new spawn of pests to grow.
To help you beat the buzz this mosquito season, here’s a checklist you can use when ridding your home of additional possible mosquito breeding sites;
- Airconditioner Drip Trays
- Boats and Canoes
- Children’s Play Sets
- Garden furniture and ornaments
- Pet bowls
- Pipes and Hoses
- Pool Covers and Tarps
- Pools and Spas
- Potted Plants
- Rain Gutters
- Rain Barrels
- Trash Cans
- Tree Stumps and Wood Piles
The best defense against mosquitoes is safeguarding your home with innovative mosquito control solutions.
Pairing precautions with mosquito control from Mr. Mister — including our ClearZone mosquito misting service and our automatic misting systems — will save your skin from an onslaught of mosquitoes and protect you against mosquito-borne infections while you’re at home.
We’ve made it our mission to create a mosquito-free Atlanta, and do so by instilling our solutions into as many homes and business throughout Atlanta and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to see how you and your family can benefit from a healthier lifestyle without mosquitoes, now and in the future!
We hope you’re finding our Atlanta Mosquito Control blog helpful and informative! For more information on what makes Mr. Mister Atlanta’s premier provider of innovative mosquito control solutions and techniques click here. Or, visit our Testimonials page to see what some of our satisfied customers are saying.