If you have lived in Texas long enough, you know it’s never too early to start preparing for the upcoming mosquitoes that will soon be swarming our yards. Mosquitoes can be active once temperatures reach over 50 degrees Fahrenheit. We’ve had a mild winter and the weather is already starting to warm up. Spring rains are starting. It is definitely time to make your yard less hospitable for the upcoming mosquito season.
Mosquitoes are cold blooded and while mosquitoes prefer temperatures above 80 degrees, we have already had calls of mosquitoes in the yard and consistently higher temps will be here before you know it.
Once mosquito season is in full swing, a female mosquito can lay about 300 eggs up to 3 times before it dies. With eggs being able to hatch in as little as an inch of stagnant water, taking a proactive approach to locate and eliminate potential breeding spots will be up to you to start now. It can take up to 10 days for mosquitoes to go through their life cycle from egg to larvae to adult mosquito so you need to check your yard for areas that contain or can potentially hold stagnant water.
The most important point for mosquito control is to eliminate breeding grounds.
Look around your yard. Do you see any areas that collect water? Have you had time to work on lawn maintenance?
If you haven’t yet started:
- Check the ground for low lying areas where rain or water can accumulate. Level these areas with topsoil.
- Keep your lawn trimmed up and remove tall weeds and grassy areas where mosquitoes can hide and thrive.
- After rain, check for toys, buckets or other items holding standing water and remove or empty accumulated water.
- Check and clean gutters that have pine needles, leaves or other debris trapping pockets of water.
- Check and repair torn or damaged window screens to keep mosquitoes and other pests out of your home.
Most mosquito issues can be prevented by you simply assessing your environment and proactively cleaning up your yard. Mosquito control is important for keeping family and pets’ safe from diseases they may carry. If you are having mosquito issues beyond your control, call or contact Bio-Tech Pest Control at 281-296-6022.