The weather has been crazy lately in St. Louis and throughout mid-Missouri. From cold weather with snow to warmer weather with rain just a few days later, it seems to constantly swing back and forth this time of year. The weather just can’t seem to make up its mind! While we may still technically be in the winter season, the spring season is just around the corner and the wet weather has left many areas with the perfect conditions for mosquitoes to become an early problem for St. Louis homeowners.
The pest control professionals here at Rottler want to take this opportunity to remind everyone about mosquitoes, where they breed and what you as a homeowner can do to help reduce the mosquito population on your property, now and throughout the upcoming spring and summer seasons!
As you probably are aware of from the red itchy welts that they leave behind on your skin, mosquitoes are parasitic pests. The female’s use their specialized long nose (proboscis) to suck the blood out of their host in order to get the protein they need to create their eggs. The females then lay their eggs on the surface of standing water, only a small amount is needed-a puddle in your driveway, a build-up in your gutters, or an empty soda can will suffice. Not to say they won’t lay their eggs on large bodies of standing water, like on top of a pool cover or on a pond because they will! The mosquito eggs hatch in just a day or two and then quickly develop into adults. And before your know it, mosquitoes are everywhere! Biting you and your family and spreading their dangerous diseases!
You can help to limit the number of mosquitoes on your property now and throughout the rest of the year by reducing their breeding areas. This means taking the time to go outside and get rid of as many areas of standing water as possible around your home.
Clean-out your home’s gutters to make sure that water is freely running down the downspouts and away from the exterior of your home.
Make sure that garbage hasn’t built up over the winter and is collecting water.
Remove old tires and other debris from your property that hold water.
Make sure that canoes, buckets, wheelbarrows, and other like items are stored upside down when not in use.
Be sure that recycling is routinely picked up or taken to the recycling center.
It is important to change the water in birdbaths and pet water dishes regularly.
Create a plan to fix the areas on your lawn that are low lying and tend to collect water.
We hope that this information has been helpful and has jogged your memory about this pesky and dangerous pest. Despite your best efforts, if mosquitoes are still swarming around your home, we can help you with our mosquito control services. Our expert technicians will inspect your property and discuss with you what the best course of action is to reduce the numbers of mosquitoes on your St. Louis property.
Call us today for information about Rottler Pest and Lawn Solution’s safe and effective mosquito control services and make 2016 the year that you re-claimed your lawn for your family and your activities!