mosquito larvae

Ways to Control Mosquitoes

Bloodsucking mosquitoes can take the fun out of an outdoor party that you have painstakingly organised for weeks. Their buzz is annoying and their bites are painful. If this is not enough to hate mosquitoes, the bites of these pests also carry diseases.

Mosquito control is important because of the many problems these pests create. Mosquitoes are nuisances in homes and in public places such as parks and recreation areas.

Mosquitoes can also have an economic impact as they can reduce real estate value, negatively affect tourism and related businesses, and they can cause poor health to livestock and poultry. In addition, mosquitoes are vectors, or transmitters, of infectious diseases such as West Nile Virus, Saint Louis encephalitis virus, dengue fever, malaria, and more.


Control Mosquitoes by Limiting their Habitat

Mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant water. This means that there are several places around a house or property where mosquitoes can thrive. It is important to eliminate those potential breeding grounds to limit the mosquito population.

Here are some ways of limiting the breeding habitat of mosquitoes:

• Put away any containers, including buckets and pet dishes, you find outside the house. These containers can collect water, and thus can attract mosquitoes. Punch holes at the bottom of containers that are placed outside the house, like recycling or garbage bins, to prevent water from accumulating in them.

• Cut the grass and trim the bushes to deprive mosquitoes of their resting places during the day.

• Regularly clean rain gutters to make sure they are not clogged with leaves and other debris that allow water to accumulate instead of drain out.

• Fill in low-lying areas, or depressions, in your yard where water can accumulate after rain or when the lawn is watered. Make sure to drain pools and collapsible pools when not in use.

• Birdbaths and ponds should be filled with fresh water at least once a week. For the pond, you can also put in fish that eat mosquito larvae.


Natural and Chemical Mosquito Control

Mosquitoes can be controlled using natural or biological techniques. You can fight mosquitoes and mosquito larvae using predatory fish like the mosquitofish; insects such as dragonflies; plant repellents like citrosa, lemon thyme and rosemary; bacteria like Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, and even other mosquitoes.

Traps can also be effective in mosquito control. The style of trap generally varies depending on whether they are indoor or outdoor units. Some traps work using electricity, while some operate on propane tanks.

If the mosquito problem has become rampant, it is best to contact our team at Bob Gunn Termite Solutions. We’re pest control specialists who have the training and experience to minimise the mosquitoes on your property.