When you think of mosquitoes, it’s likely you correlate their activity solely to the outdoors. This is typically why most Atlanta residents don’t bother with mosquito control in the winter, as they believe during the cooler months mosquitoes will be non-existent. But as the weather starts to get cooler, and the leaves begin to fall, mosquitoes are moving indoors. It’s true that mosquitoes have a season, but inside your house, the temperature is always perfect for mosquitoes.
How Bad Is It?
A recent study by the CDC has some bad news. In the past, most of the concern over mosquitoes was outdoors. But the number of mosquitoes people are seeing indoors is on the rise. That means that mosquitoes can still affect us, no matter the time of year.
If you’re one of our regular readers, you’re surely educated on the steps/methods you can take for outdoor mosquito control in Atlanta, but how do you find a solution for indoor mosquito control?
Here’s where you should start:
Discover How Indoor Mosquitoes Breed
When you wake up in the middle of the fall with a brand new mosquito bite, this usually means you’re home is a breeding ground for these disease-spreading pests. If you’re going to beat them, then you need to fight them at the source. But if you know where to look, beating indoor mosquitoes is an achievable goal.
Indoors or out, mosquitoes love standing water. It’s the perfect place for their larvae to hatch, becoming new mosquitoes to torment you in the future. Luckily, not all standing water makes a good mosquito hatchery. Standing water needs some sort of organic material in it for the mosquito larvae to feed on. So the places to look for breeding mosquitoes are places that have both water and organic debris.
- Flower vases – The bits of debris from flowers and leaves make flower vases a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Beverage cups in need of disposal – If you leave a cup out that was used with some kind of organic beverage, be on the lookout. Tea and coffee are prime examples.
- Patches of water beneath a soap dish – It may be unpleasant to think about, but your bathrooms are usually chock full of organic matter from humans and bacteria. Even a little standing water is inviting to a mother mosquito.
- Water around your shower drain – Drains that aren’t used daily, such as in a shower, a laundry room, or even a sump pump, can become a haven for baby mosquitoes.
Effective Solutions for Indoor Mosquito Control
Fixing these issues is the first step in discouraging mosquitoes from breeding inside your home.
Ensure dampness and other moisture is wiped up before going to bed each night and pour baking soda down scarcely-used drains as this will soak up lingering moisture. Of course, you can always give Mr. Mister a call; we can aid in both finding your indoor mosquito issues and resolving them with our 100% biodegradable misting sprays.
Preparing Your Home
The weather outside is getting cooler, which means most mosquitoes will lay dormant until the spring season.
With illnesses like Zika Virus having a negative impact on the US more and more each year — especially in Atlanta — now is the perfect time to prepare your home for the spring by having an automatic mosquito misting system installed in your yard.