Everyone gets bitten by a mosquito sooner or later. For most of us, the encounter results in nothing more than an annoying itch or two. But these blood-sucking pests are far more dangerous than we often give them credit for, and it’s crucial to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes when you spend time outdoors. If you’re looking to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts, here are the mosquito control tips for Monmouth County properties that you need to know.
What To Know About Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes thrive just about anywhere with still water and humidity. These parasitic pests can be found on every continent except Antarctica and may prefer to target birds, reptiles, or mammals, depending on the species. Mosquitoes are often found in swampy areas with stagnant or still water, but can easily overrun your backyard from nothing more than a puddle. Shady trees and overgrown vegetation provide an ideal refuge for mosquitoes to hide and can contribute to the overall population on your property.
How Dangerous Are Mosquitoes?
Pound for pound, mosquitoes are the deadliest animal on the planet. More people die every year from mosquito-borne illness than are killed by the most venomous spiders or the largest sharks. It’s estimated that about one million people lose their lives to diseases caused by mosquitoes such as EEE, West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, and more.
Most encounters with mosquitoes result in small, swollen welts, but there is always a possibly of contracting a serious illness from a mosquito bite.
Five Tips For Mosquito Control
It’s not easy to escape from mosquitoes outdoors. Unlike wasps or rodents, they can’t simply be extracted from the property. They have no dedicated nest and can travel significant distances in search of a meal. But you can control the population of mosquitoes on your Monmouth County property with a few simple tips:
Keep up with yard work. Shade and dense vegetation create an ideal rest stop for mosquitoes on the prowl. Getting rid of overgrown plant life on your property can have a big impact on the presence of mosquitoes. Mow the lawn regularly and trim back overgrown bushes, hedges, or other vegetation.
Drain or dump standing water. Mosquitoes only need about a bottle cap’s worth of water in order to successfully raise their larvae. Dump out all standing water around your property that may have collected in buckets or pots. Drain large puddles if possible or fill them in with soil.
Maintain your pool. Be sure to keep your pool properly treated for mosquitoes. Chlorinate and administer chemicals as necessary to keep mosquito larvae from developing and drain and replace water regularly. When not in use, it’s a good idea to keep your pool covered to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
Move up the food chain. If you have a pond on your property where mosquitoes breed, consider introducing some mosquito-eating fish like goldfish, carp, or the aptly named mosquito fish to help out. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try installing some bat houses around your property, since they are a natural predator of mosquitoes and other insects.
Get help from the pros. The best thing you can do to address the mosquito problem on your Monmouth County property is to get support from the professionals at Alliance Pest Services.
We offer three different mosquito control plans as well as mosquito control for outdoor events. Our trained technicians will apply industry-leading treatment to your property to kill mosquitoes on contact from the months of May to September, as specified by your chosen mosquito control plan. Our treatments are designed to be as safe and effective as possible. Get in touch with us today.