While fall isn't the time of year when mosquitoes are most active, they can still be problematic. Mosquito eggs can hatch in temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Through August, September, and part of October in Ashland, mosquitoes can still be a problem--and all it takes is one mosquito bite from the wrong mosquito for sickness to occur. Mosquitoes are biological vectors for West Nile, dengue, Zika, yellow fever, malaria, chikungunya, and several forms of encephalitis. But, even when mosquitoes are no longer flying around biting us, there are things we can do to reduce mosquito populations and prevent the spread of mosquito-borne pathogens.
DIY Mosquito Control
When it comes to DIY mosquito control, some things work and some things just don't. We cover some ways that DIY methods can fall short in this article: DIY is Not the Answer When It Comes to Mosquitoes.
So, what does work?
- It can take up to a week for mosquito eggs to develop into mosquitoes that can take to the air and start biting you. As they develop, you can stop their development by making sure to dump any stagnant water in your yard.
- Examples of these would be a kiddie pool or a birdbath. If water is contained for more than a week, there is a chance that mosquitoes could reproduce in these areas.
- In the fall, it is a good idea to keep leaves raked up. Not only do leaves create conditions for dampness (which is attractive to many pests) but pools can sometimes form on top of compacted leaves, creating an ideal breeding
- Location for mosquitoes. When spring rolls around, you'll regret leaving those leaves.
Controlling still, stagnant water can make a difference in how many mosquitoes you have in your yard, but if you want any hope of reducing those dangerous, irritating pests to near zero, you need to have treatments applied to mosquito-resting spots. If you need assistance with this, Rottler can help.
With our Signature Plus program, our customers get a professional inspection, assistance locating and neutralizing mosquito breeding sites, and routine treatments to eliminate adult mosquitoes and destroy mosquito eggs. It also comes with control for ticks and fleas, which are vectors for Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, southern tick-associated rash illness, encephalitis, and more. For more information or to schedule service visit our Mosquito Control page.