One of the great things about winter is that it works as a natural pest preventer! This is especially true when it comes to those pesky mosquitoes. But what if it’s been a relatively mild winter, with less snow and less frost? If this is the case, Mother Nature will benefit the mosquitoes, and not eliminate them. Because of this, mosquito control is necessary, even during the winter. By taking care of winter mosquito control, you are protecting your lawn and your loved ones from mosquitoes in the springtime. Here’s how…
The Mosquito Life Cycle
When the temperatures begin to drop, female mosquitoes will look to deposit their eggs to overwinter until spring. Once deposited, the eggs enter diapause so they can survive the cold and come to life (from larvae, to pupae, to adult) during the warmer months. If action isn’t taken now, these overwintering eggs will eventually wreak havoc on your lawn and your loved ones in the spring, summer, and fall.
What’s The Weather Got To Do With It?
First and foremost, the warmer the late-season weather is, the more eggs the female adult mosquito can lay. A mild winter with warm weather (50 degrees or above) that goes into November can permit the female to lie anywhere between 150-350 eggs at one time. Secondly, a mild winter allows more of the eggs to survive, whereas some may die off during a harsh winter. Better winter conditions result in better breeding, more safety, and ultimately more mosquitoes in the spring.
The Key To Winter Mosquito Control
When it comes to winter mosquito control, the best thing you can do is to eliminate any and all breeding grounds. At this point, the females have already laid their eggs, so in eliminating breeding grounds now you are preventing those eggs from developing into pests that will bother you going forward.
Mosquitoes look to lay their eggs in areas where there is shallow, stagnant water. To prevent mosquitoes, you want to eliminate any area where water gathers around your property.
Some of the common areas where mosquitoes breed may include:
Gutters – They can get clogged with leaves or debris resulting in water being backed up and stagnant. This is an ideal breeding ground because of the water, and protection from potential predators.
Plants and bird baths – Excess water can get caught in the plant tray after watering. Also, be sure to empty your birdbath after each rainfall!
Drains – Similar to the gutters, make sure they are clear of leaves and debris
Swimming pools – If you have a pool, it is one of the best places for mosquitoes to breed. Make sure the pool or tarp covering the pool is constantly clear of stagnant water. After all, you want to enjoy your pool mosquito free in the summer, right?
Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, but they also carry a plethora of diseases and sicknesses like West Nile, Zika, and others. Protecting your lawn and family is a must!
Call The Professionals
Here at Ashton Walden Turf Services, we offer mosquito yard treatment services to keep you and your loved ones safe. We will proactively target the areas where the mosquitoes thrive; we will eliminate them and apply a repellent spray to keep them from returning. Send us a message or give us a call today at (806) 632-3571 to hear more about how we can help you take back your lawn for good!