5 Easy Fall and Winter Preps for the Best Mosquito Treatment
As winter approaches, many people expect relief only to find that the bugs have moved indoors. Having your home checked for pests is important and often exterminators will offer consultations free of charge if you suspect an infestation.
Of concern are mosquito females that are ectoparasites and have adapted to suck the blood of animals and humans. This adaptation makes these mosquitoes vectors for diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue, encephalitis, West Nile virus, and Zika virus.
As many animals prepare for winter, insects also do the same preparation for the winter during the fall, including mosquitoes. Use the preps below for mosquito treatment to keep them from using your home as a winter vacation spot and to reduce the spread of disease.
- Sealing the House
The first thing you can do for a home is to seal it off against the entry of insects. The most straightforward way to seal your home is with netting and mesh, by using the former in entrance ways and the latter in your windows. Keeping the mosquitoes out is the majority of the work since most die off in the cold while others go into hibernation.
- Wearing Protective Clothing
As for the fall, wear clothes that cover your limbs when you lounge outside, especially in the late hours of the day and at night. Mosquitos come out to feed as light fades. In the fall, most will be very active, especially those that need to lay eggs that will hibernate during the winter. Keeping your blood in your veins helps keep their numbers down (learn more about bites here).
- Removing Standing Water
Half of the mosquito life cycle is aquatic. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, and the larvae that hatch and develop into pupa are aquatic too. Only the adult stage happens in the air. However, mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a half an inch of water.
Go through your yard and your house from top to bottom and make sure that there is no standing water, be it in a container, gap or in the basement downstairs.
- Having Repellent Plants in Your Yard
Apart from clearing your yard of puddles, you can use plants to fend off mosquitoes in the fall. Vegetation, such as lavender, marigolds, citronella grass, catnip, rosemary, basil, and scented geraniums, repel mosquitoes so that they aren’t swarming outside your house waiting to come into the warmth.
- Checking Closed Places for Mosquitoes
The females of some other species of mosquitoes mate, feed, and then hibernate in safe-closed spaces, such as in a log, under a house or between boards. Check your attic and organize it to deny them places to hide for the winter. Also check rarely used closets, rooms, and basements.
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Don’t spend the fall and winter rubbing itchy bites and swatting away bugs in your sleep. Be sure to think ahead and take measures to guard against mosquitoes. Take care of your house, your body, and your yard. You can get a free analysis of your home or office from us.
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