Ask any mosquito control expert: what makes a better mosquito habitat? A neighborhood pond filled with frogs, fish, and other insects or a vacant dog dish that is sitting undisturbed under a shaded tree in your suburban backyard?
If the expert is indeed an expert, they’ll surely tell you that if the dog dish is left with water in it for longer than a week, then it is by far the more suitable mosquito habitat.
To help you eliminate the mosquito production that might be encroaching on your Atlanta property we, at Mr. Mister, want to begin by dispelling a few popular mosquito myths:
Mosquito Myth Number One
Streams are a major source for mosquito population growth
The truth is, mosquitoes cannot successfully reproduce in moving water; The only place a mosquito can grow from larva to pupa to adult near a stream is along the dry undisturbed shallow edge where a stagnant puddle might still remain.
Mosquito Myth Number Two
Lakes and Ponds are mosquito factories
In reality, a long established lake or pond is an ideal habitat for many animals like insects, frogs, spiders and fish that are the natural predator of mosquitoes.
While being an ideal water source, these sometimes large bodies of water are not known to produce droves of mosquitoes.
Where do mosquitoes live and multiply?
Mosquito larvae thrives in shallow undisturbed water, where they feed on bacteria and other organic matter as a means to grow into a pupa before eventually growing into a blood thirsty adult mosquito.
The growth from larvae to pupa takes approximately a week, meaning it is vital that you dump out any containers or other items in your yard that could potentially hold water for this long.
For everything else on your property always remember these mosquito control tips:
Tip Items That Can Collect Water
You should tip anything around your home that could collect water from your sprinkler system or rain. Plant saucers, kid’s toys, clogged gutters, and dog bowls are the perfect mosquito breeding ground.
Additionally, you should also flip over larger yard items that could also hold water such as plastic toys, children’s portable sandboxes, and baby pools.
Toss Any Lawn Debris
Remove excess weeds from gardens, leaves, firewood, grass, and other leftover clippings from yards.
If tarps that have been stretched over boats, grills or firewood piles aren’t taut, they’re almost 100% likely to be holding water.
Treat Your Yard
Call Mr. Mister. Our mosquito control methods — including our Clearzone mosquito misting treatment and our automatic mosquito misting systems — are the ideal tools for making your yard a mosquito-free zone.
Remember that these pests are more than just a nuisance; mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases such as Zika, West Nile virus, Malaria and more.
In addition to eliminating stagnant water sources in your yard, Mr. Mister of Atlanta is your best mosquito control weapon.
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