Mosquito control in Atlanta Ga can be particularly difficult if you live within a mosquitoes flying distance of open water such as a river, creek or lake – which covers a lot of homes in Metro Atlanta!
Mosquitoes do not generally fly more than 1-3 miles from where they were hatched, and fly at a speed of around 1.5 mph. You are most at risk, therefore, if you live within 3 miles of a lake, pond or marshland, each of which is very popular with mosquitoes.
Moving water, such as rivers, creeks and streams are also good breeding grounds for mosquitoes, though not necessarily as attractive as standing water such as marshland. One reason for this is that the larvae make good eating for predators such as fish and salamanders. Nevertheless, if your home is within flying distance of tracts of water such as the Chattahoochee River that runs through Fulton, Cobb, and Gwinnett Counties, then expect to be bitten come spring.
The same is true if you live in Buckhead, close to the Nancy Creek River or in Alpharetta within a mile or two of Big Creek. Those with waterfront properties are particularly at risk, so much so that mosquito attacks can mitigate much of the pleasure of living in such locations. What can you do make your spring and summer more enjoyable if you live on close to such locations?
Basic Atlanta Mosquito Control
There are some basic Atlanta mosquito control steps that will apply to all of Metro Atlanta. Bearing in mind that mosquitoes breed mainly in standing water, then you should carry out an inspection for places where water can lie in your yard and in the surrounding area. We have stressed before, and we do not apologize for doing it again here, that most people have potential breeding places in their yard and close to their home. Bird baths, old tires, gutters and downspouts blocked with fallen leaves and other debris, pet bowls, flower pots, ponds with no fish and any other areas of standing water are popular breeding areas for mosquitoes.
Your first task in winter should be to empty all of these and clean out your guttering and drains. Check your whole yard for any item or area that could hold water, and then do the same around your home. Blocked storm drains and culverts can also be home to mosquito larvae. Make sure everything is emptied, cleaned out and that drains and gutters are flowing freely.
Controlling Mosquitoes: When to Begin?
For most Atlanta residents, there’s not a lot you can do about natural habitats such as those detailed above. You still have the marshland, lakes, rivers, creeks and ponds within lying distance of your home, and you can’t empty these! In such cases, it’s not so much a matter of preventing breeding as protecting your home.
You can wait until the eggs have hatched and the larvae have developed into adult mosquitoes, or you can start taking steps now to be fully protected come spring. Just a small point on that: it is possible to come across mosquitoes before spring. It’s not the time of year that causes these insects to die down, it’s the temperature.
Mosquitoes become inactive below around 50 degrees and they can hide away over winter. Many die, but many don’t. Their eggs can survive over winter. It is possible to come across the odd mosquito flying around in winter if you have an unseasonably warm day. If spring comes early, then so do the insects.
Mosquito Barriers and Sprays
If you start planning now, you can set up a mosquito barrier consisting of an automatic spray system ready to switch on when the first mosquito appears. The Mr. Mister Mosquito ControlTM system comprises a system of pipes and nozzles around your yard that is timed to spray the foliage at preset intervals.
This creates a barrier that prevents the insects from passing into the main social area around your home. You can enjoy a barbecue or simply relax without being attacked. By planning early, you can be ready for the early spring onslaught. Another benefit of taking action now, rather than waiting until you see them flying around your home, is that you can prevent them laying eggs in areas of standing water inside your yard. Sure, you should have dealt with these before, but many people don’t , and even so, all takes is a muddy puddle of water formed from the early spring rain.
Come early spring, the females will be seeking blood so they get the protein to make their eggs. If they get to you then they will lay their eggs in any suitable place in or around your home. Yes, mosquitoes can lay their eggs inside your home if you have lying water in your basement, under your sinks or even in your pet drinking bowl. You can avoid this by taking action now to get a mosquito barrier set up before spring.
Effective Atlanta mosquito control begins before they arrive, not once they are already here! Find more information on the Mr. Mister Atlanta Mosquito Control system here.