4 Common Mosquito Breeding Grounds in Your Yard
Summer is the time of year we get to enjoy ourselves most here in North Carolina. Whether it’s hosting a cookout, playing games in the yard with family or simply relaxing and soaking up the sun, the summer brings the perfect weather for spending time outside. Unfortunately, it’s the time of year mosquitoes love most too. While it’s warm and humid both day and night here, the summer is the perfect time for mosquitoes to multiply.
Don't Let Mosquitoes Push You Inside!
Not only do mosquitoes cause itching and discomfort wherever they go, but they can also carry and transmit harmful diseases. With dangers of Malaria, Zika virus, West Nile and more, having mosquitoes around your home can put you and your loved ones directly in harm’s way.
You shouldn’t have to spend your beautiful summer indoors avoiding mosquito bites. With proper precaution and awareness, you can help limit the number of mosquitoes that make their way into your yard. Below we talk about the most common mosquito breeding grounds in and around your yard that you may not be aware of!
1. Standing Water
While you may know that stagnant water is the best place for mosquitoes to breed, you may not be aware of just how little of this water they actually need to do so. Mosquitoes don’t need a wheelbarrow full of water or whole pond to reproduce; they can lay their eggs in as little as a bottle cap of water! It can be very difficult to get rid of every single source of standing water around your yard, so it’s important to know some of the most common sources you may not be already aware of, including:
- Trashcan lids
- Flower pots
- Grill covers
- Discarded cups
The easiest fix to these sources is to drill holes in the bottoms, so that water is able to drain when it rains and can’t collect to make a perfect nest for mosquitoes.
2. Yard Debris
Did you know the wind is one of the biggest enemies of mosquitoes? To avoid the threat of even the slightest breeze, mosquitoes will often take refuge in debris that may be lying around your lawn. Allowing bundles of sticks or piles of branches to remain in your yard invites mosquitoes to hang around. When bushes and other natural areas go unchecked and overgrow, they become a perfect shelter from wind for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can even find protection from grass that is too tall! Some other common yard debris attractive to mosquitoes are:
- Grass clippings
- Thick vegetation
- Raked leaves
- Compost piles
If you’ve got yard debris around your home, do yourself a favor and get rid of them. Not only will it help minimize the number of mosquitoes in your yard, but your lawn will look even more beautiful than it already does!
3. Messy Gutters and Drains
A very common mistake many homeowners make is to not properly keep gutters and drains cleared during the summer. When leaves and twigs are allowed to gather and clog drains, gutters, and drainage pipes, mosquitoes get an ideal home that’s a combination of tips 1 and 2: standing water and a place to hide. Withstanding water trapped from debris in drains, mosquitoes are given everything they need to reproduce and invade your yard. One of the best ways to keep mosquitoes from your home is proper drain and gutter maintenance and cleaning!
4. Water for Animals & Birds
One of the only downsides of summer is that sometimes it gets too hot. And when your pets get too hot, they need to cool off with a big bowl of water. However, since you can’t drill holes in the bottom of it, you should never leave your pet’s water bowl outside for extended periods of time. The undisturbed, fresh water will attract mosquitoes straight to your home. The same goes for bird baths--these provide a source of shallow, stagnant water for mosquitoes to lay their eggs in. The birds may be pretty, but mosquito bites certainly aren’t!
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Even with following all of these tips and paying careful attention to common mosquito breeding grounds, it can be nearly impossible to keep every mosquito out of your yard without professional help. If you’re in need of effective mosquito control in the Triad area, Terminix Triad is currently offering $50 off your first mosquito treatment. We offer targeted treatments every month during the summer and fall to ensure mosquitoes stay away for the long haul!