The holidays are busy, and winter seems like a great time to ignore issues that won’t come up until summer. Right? Wrong! The time to prepare for spring mosquitoes is now.
Many people wait until spring to prepare for spring mosquitoes. They imagine they can wait for the first mosquitoes to arrive before taking steps to protect themselves. But the extensive research on global warming should give a warning that mosquitoes are going to arrive increasingly early in the year.
The mosquito season starts earlier and earlier each year as global temperatures rise and winters get shorter and milder. We should do all we can to protect ourselves, our young ones, and our pets from the ravages of these insects that carry so many diseases.
Mosquito Training 101: Clean Out Your Yard
The first step? A backyard cleanup! You have likely heard this advice many times, yet it’s amazing how many people complain about mosquitoes yet fail to do this! Mosquitoes thrive in still, stagnant water that lies outside over fall, into winter, and onto spring.
Rid your yard of stagnant water! Don’t just throw the water out into your yard, but take it outside and dispense with it into a culvert – or, if suitable, into your sink. You have to remove the contents of that water which may not be visible to you. It could contain mosquito eggs that will hatch come spring. So transfer any standing water in your yard to an external drain or culvert if you can.
Check out your fountain, pond, or plant pots and bowls. Clean them out because they can hold water over the fall and winter. Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in the fall, ready to hatch come the first warm day of 50 degrees or over. These days are coming earlier due to global warming. So now is the time to prepare for spring mosquitoes.
Check Out Your Home
Most people ignore their homes when they consider mosquito control systems. You can’t just pat yourself on the back for cleaning up outside if you completely neglect to check out your hom’s interior.
What about under your kitchen sink? A little leak can cause a big bug problem. Has that island unit in your kitchen been cleaned out recently? But don’t just look in the kitchen and bathroom!
Have you checked out your basement? The basement is a part of your home that can be home to mosquitoes. They try to hide from you, and what better place than somewhere you rarely visit – particularly if it is a bit damp, dark, and invitingly warm?
Sheds and Garages
Sheds and garages can be ideal homes for mosquitoes over the cooler winter, particularly if a bit damp. A mosquito can breed a whole raft of youngsters in one teaspoonful of water. One dark, wet corner is all it takes. So get the lights on, get a powerful torch, and check out all the corners and roof areas of a garage and shed to make sure there are no pools of water – even teaspoonful size!
Domestic mosquito control systems are designed to do just that: control mosquitoes. They may not prevent them from entering your yard or even invading your home, but they can reduce the chances of this happening. Before installing them, it’s important that you do all you can to check out your yard and home, including any garages, sheds, or other outbuildings. Your pool, with that covering you put over it after summer, could be home to thousands of mosquito eggs and larvae. You will never know unless you remove the cover and look!
Get a professional mosquito control technician to check over your pool, pond, sheds, and your entire yard. Do this sometime between early and late winter. Don’t wait for spring to prepare for spring mosquitoes because they may awake, hatch, and change from larvae to adults before then—particularly with the effect of global warming. Just 1 degree can make the difference between no mosquitoes and thousands of the little suckers. That’s a fact! When you contact Mr. Mister, we can come out and do this inspection for you.
In Conclusion: Take Action
It is easy to decide to wait for later. Many people ignore mosquitoes until their first bite and then try to take evasive action. Then they call in the professionals, such as Mr. Mister. We would rather prepare for spring mosquitoes now to prevent such attacks rather than deal with a live infestation later in the season. Global warming is worsening the problem, so react to that and take action sooner. Take preventative action now.
Contact Mr. Mister to prepare for spring mosquitoes before they become a real problem. We offer a variety of treatments to meet your needs and budget. Reach out today!