Mosquitoes are annoying pests that can make outdoor and indoor areas miserable for your customers and employees. They also present a health risk as mosquitoes are associated with many viruses. No business is better with mosquitoes! But how do you stop them from coming onto your property? What is the best way to repel mosquitoes? Would it surprise you if we said that repelling mosquitoes is not the solution? We say, "Let those mosquitoes come!" The secret to mosquito pest control in Lawrenceville is to target mosquito resting sites and disrupt reproduction. Does this mean you shouldn't take steps to repel mosquitoes? No. You should address mosquito attractants if you can, but the most effective way to keep mosquitoes away from your business is to target them when they visit you. Join us as we look at why mosquitoes get into commercial spaces, give five tips to prevent mosquito activity naturally, and show how targeting mosquitoes works to create mosquito-free environments.
What Causes Mosquito Infestations In Commercial Spaces?
When mosquitoes come onto your property or get inside structures on your property, there are only a handful of reasons. Some are obvious. Others are not so obvious.
Water: As you can probably guess, water is essential for mosquitoes. All animals need water to survive.
Moisture: Mosquitoes don't just need water to drink; they need it to stay hydrated. Without moisture, mosquitoes dry up and die.
Stagnant Water: Many mosquito species lay their eggs in still water. Stagnant water offers an ideal habitat for mosquito larvae and pupae.
Nectar And Plant Sap: Mosquitoes love flowers, plants, and other vegetation. They use their mouthparts to sip nectar and suck plant sap from leaves and stems. If you have lots of vegetation, you will attract mosquitoes.
Blood: Female mosquitoes take a blood meal during the reproductive process. While not nearly as essential as nectar and plant sap for sustenance, blood is essential for fertilizing eggs.
Carbon Dioxide: Mosquitoes have poor eyesight, and females must rely on other senses to help them find a blood meal. They can detect carbon dioxide from a distance.
Light: Like many insects, mosquitoes are attracted to light. If you have lots of exterior lighting, mosquitoes are likely to take notice.
As you can see, many factors can attract mosquitoes to your property. Mosquitoes don't just come to bite you, your customers, and your employees. They can be lured onto your property by these attractants or wander into your yard randomly. When mosquitoes come into your yard (for whatever reason), there are a few things you can expect them to do.
- Mosquitoes will look for resting places to protect themselves from the sun. Since the body of a mosquito dries out quickly, hydration is essential. You can expect mosquitoes to hide in humid vegetation and shaded voids underneath structures.
- Female mosquitoes will search for stagnant water and lay a hundred eggs at a time. They only need an inch of water. A pool, bucket, cup, or bottle cap are all potential breeding sites.
- When eggs are laid in a viable location, they develop into adults in a little over a week, if conditions are favorable.
- Adult mosquitoes emerging from stagnant water will get busy breeding and laying more eggs if suitable breeding sites are available.
- In a short time, you can have thousands of mosquitoes from one female mosquito that just happened to wander into your yard.
You can deter mosquitoes by removing or reducing attractants. Removing stagnant water sources will also work to prevent reproduction, which will deter them further. While this isn't the best way to keep mosquitoes out of your yard, it is a good first step, especially if it is the only step you're taking.
Five Tips To Preventing A Mosquito Infestation
Business owners use many products to repel mosquitoes, but it is far better to use natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes. Repellents smell bad and don't work as well as advertised. Here are some recommendations for natural mosquito management.
- Address lawn weeds. When all of those little weeds produce flowers, you invite mosquitoes onto your property. Mosquitoes don't fly from yard to yard and they can't see your landscaping from a distance. A mosquito is most likely to be drawn to the nectar of a flowering weed first and then find a hiding place or breeding site next to your business.
- Address landscape weeds. Unnecessary vegetation provides a food source and traps humidity in your landscaping. Your goal should be to open your landscaping up and keep it as dry as possible.
- Remove containers. Any object in your yard that can capture rainwater will provide a drinking source and a breeding site for mosquitoes.
- Address moisture problems. Ground saturation can lead to puddles, and puddles invite mosquito problems. Clean gutters, irrigate, and apply gradation to prevent puddles.
- Repair screens. We've talked a lot about deterring mosquitoes from coming onto your property; this tip is for keeping them from getting inside your business. It is essential to maintain working screens on windows and doors.
You won't completely stop mosquitoes by applying these tips, but it is better to do a little than to do nothing. Mosquitoes are bad for business, and these simple and natural tips help reduce the impact mosquitoes can have on your bottom line.
Why You Shouldn't Just Ignore A Mosquito Infestation
It doesn't take long for one mosquito to become an army of mosquitoes on your property, and that is what they'll do if you ignore them. Mosquito populations grow with every warm and wet day that passes. Mosquitoes are also a health concern. While mosquitoes in America aren't nearly as dangerous as mosquitoes in third-world countries, there are risks. Common diseases spread by mosquitoes are:
- West Nile virus. WNV claims lives each year in the United States.
- Eastern equine encephalitis. EEE is a potentially dangerous disease that is associated with brain swelling.
- Canine heartworm. If your business caters to furry customers, this is a mosquito-borne disease to keep on your radar.
Along with these common diseases, there is always a risk of outbreaks from malaria, Zika virus, yellow fever, Dengue fever, and several other diseases that are not endemic to the United States.
How Can I Get These Mosquitoes Away From My Business?
Now that you have an idea of what you're up against, let's turn our attention to what works best to keep mosquitoes away. As we pointed out above, it has to do with targeting mosquitoes in the places they hide and arresting mosquito development.
At Procare Pest Services, we use a combination of targeted treatments and mosquito traps to control mosquitoes. Together, these two mosquito control methods will significantly reduce mosquito activity by eliminating adult mosquitoes and preventing mosquitoes from reproducing on your property.
Mist Treatments: Our technicians apply a mist application to landscaping, shaded areas, voids, and other locations where mosquitoes hide. We use a knockdown agent that prevents mosquitoes from living on your property. Applying these treatments is like flicking a reset switch on mosquitoes. When applied routinely throughout mosquito season (April to October), your property will continually be reset. When one female mosquito is eliminated, that female is prevented from laying hundreds of eggs on your property and creating a swarm of mosquitoes for you, your customers, and your employees to deal with. While routine treatments are the best way to keep mosquitoes away, mist treatments are also great for preparing your property for an outdoor event. A one-time treatment is a perfect solution for an outdoor venue.
In2Care Traps: We use the most trusted name in mosquito control to target mosquito reproduction between visits. When female mosquitoes look for breeding locations, they find these traps in your yard. Once exposed, a female mosquito isn't long for this world but has plenty of time to carry the biological fungus in the In2Care traps to other potential breeding sites on your property. The fungus stops mosquito development in stagnant water and essentially makes all the stagnant water sources on your property traps for mosquitoes. The best part is this fungus is only toxic to insects. You don't have to worry about kids, pets, or wildlife being harmed.
When you have routine service visits from your ProCare Pest Services professional, your property will have what it needs to keep mosquitoes out of your yard without the need for any smelly repellents. We say, "Let those mosquitoes come!" The more mosquitoes come into your yard, the fewer mosquitoes you'll have on your property—and in your neighborhood. There is no better way to get control of mosquitoes in Lawrenceville. If you'd like to learn more about our comprehensive mosquito solution, or you'd like to schedule your first visit with one of our friendly and experienced technicians, reach out to us today. We look forward to helping you find the right pest control plan for your business.