Where Do Mosquitoes Lurk in Greenville Backyards?

Mosquito season is in full swing here in Greenville, and if you’re like me, you are doing your best to keep the pests out of your yard. To be successful at this endeavor, you need to know a little about where mosquitoes like to hang out in your yard. Remember that mosquitoes really need two things for life – water and plants. Water is an essential component of breeding since female mosquitoes must have standing water in which to lay their eggs. Plants are necessary because, contrary to popular belief, mosquitoes eat more plant juices than blood. Only female mosquitoes feed on blood, and they only do this in preparation to lay eggs. At all other times, they eat plant juices like their male counterparts.

So let’s take a look at a normal yard and see where mosquitoes might be lurking.

Common_backyard_mosquito_sources_Greenville1.    Saucers Underneath Potted Plants – These saucers catch overflow from watering and rainwater. They are perfect places for females to lay eggs.

2.    Water Bowls for Pets – If your pet isn’t outdoors a lot and doesn’t consume the water, it will become stagnant and start drawing mosquitoes in.

3.    Children’s Toys – Most toys have many divots and crevices where rainwater collects. Even a teaspoon of stagnant water will attract mosquitoes.

4.    Fountains and Bird Baths – Even if it is not rainwater, still water attracts females.

5.    Ponds – Having no outlets, ponds are filled with old, still water and are prefect mosquito breeding grounds.

6.    Neglected Pools – Like ponds, neglected pools are filled with brackish water. Mosquitoes won’t be far away.

7.    Buckets – If they are left out after gardening, buckets are perfect water catchers and perfect mosquito breeding grounds.

Mosquito larvae hatch in standing water.
Mosquito larvae hatch in standing water.

8.    Grass Clippings – Piles of grass clippings are oozing with plant juices. They’re really like a mosquito buffet.

9.    Leaky Hoses – Saturated ground can create enough standing water to allow breeding. Even though it is only a little, mosquitoes will find it.

10. Holes in Trees – Cool, damp, and offering plenty of plant juices, holes in trees give mosquitoes perfect places to call home.

11. Clogged Gutters – Typically, gutters become clogged with plant refuse like leaves and pollen. Blockages cause water to pool and emit plenty of plant odors that mosquitoes find irresistible.

12. Uncovered Boats – Water will pool in the bottom of boats like it does in buckets. Especially if the area is undisturbed, it can become a mosquito haven.

13. Tires – Whether they are used as swings or exercise equipment, water will collect in old tires too.

14. Open Trash Bins – Water can collect in this area, and with decaying plant material likely present, they will be mosquito magnets.

 

Yards are filled with mosquito habitats we rarely consider, but now that you know where mosquitoes lurk in your yard, you can do something about it. Eliminate standing water by turning over items that could collect it. Change water in birdbaths every day or so. If you have a fountain or pool, be sure it is not neglected and that the water is circulating. Also, be sure to clear away plant refuse once you are finished trimming your lawn.

 

Finally, call Mosquito Squad of Greenville. Even if you are able to eliminate all standing water, you will still have some mosquitoes living on your property, but they can be easily eliminated with our mosquito barrier treatments. So call us today at (864) 277 – 4299 or visit our Mosquito Squad of Greenville website. Get rid of the lurkers and take back your yard.

Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville
Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville

Rain, heat has Upstate bracing for disease-carrying insects

Rain & Heat have the upstate bracing for disease carrying insects! Watch the Greenville News clip featuring Mosquito Squad of Greenville to learn more!

 

Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville
Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville

To learn more about controlling and preventing mosquitoes on the home front contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville today at Call us today for a free quote • (864) 277 – 4299 • email:greenville@mosquitosquad.com

Mosquito Squad of Greenville, SC explores the reasons for the mosquito’s attraction to people

Mosquitoes have roamed the earth in search of a blood meal for over 170 million years. You would think that with this type of longevity and resilience most of the myths regarding mosquitoes feeding preferences would have been de-bunked by now. It is true that many of the facts regarding the mosquito’s attraction to people are stranger than fiction.

Since some folks seem to be a magnet for mosquitoes it is important to find out why mosquitoes target certain people over others. The truth is mosquitoes are drawn to some people over others simply because of sight and smell. Mosquitoes are very visual and their

Dark clothing is an attractant for mosquitoes
Dark clothing is an attractant for mosquitoes

first mode of search is through vision. Mosquitoes are drawn to darker colors such as black, navy blue and reds. Dark colors are more likely to attract the attention of a mosquito because they stand out and are easier to differentiate during movement than lighter colors which can blend into the surroundings. After the mosquito sees you as a promising visual target then her keen sense of smell takes charge. Mosquitoes are mainly attracted to the amount of carbon dioxide we exhale. Our bodies naturally produce carbon dioxide with every breath we take. As we breathe we take in oxygen and in turn exhale carbon dioxide and this draws the mosquito to us like a moth to a flame. People with higher metabolic rates are likely to produce more carbon dioxide. Pregnant women and larger people also exhale a greater amount of carbon dioxide as well. Studies have also indicated that alcohol consumption can increase respiration and thus increase the amount of carbon dioxide you exhale.  Having a beer or a mixed drink on the deck this summer may just make you the mosquito’s unsuspecting main course.

The aromas produced from our respiration are just one of the smells which attract the mosquito. Other compounds that our bodies produce also contribute to a mosquito choosing to bite one person over another. These attractants include lactic acid which our

The Asian Tiger mosquito
Mosquitoes are attracted to many chemicals our bodies produce naturally.

bodies naturally excrete during exercise, acetone which is another chemical released during respiration, and estradiol which is a byproduct of estrogen. Cholesterol on our skin’s surface will also make you more appetizing to the mosquito. This does not mean mosquitoes are more likely to bite a person diagnosed with higher cholesterol levels. When our bodies process cholesterol efficiently certain residuals will remain on our skin and the mosquito finds this residual irresistible. Each of these compounds combined with your body temperature can make you more attractive to a mosquito. Mosquitoes are cold blooded creatures which makes their preference for warm bodies and warm blood a contradiction in terms.

It is important to find out the triggers to mosquito attraction because they can leave more than an itchy bite behind. Mosquitoes are known vectors of many illnesses and diseases that can make you very sick. West Nile Virus, St. Louis encephalitis, and La Crosse Encephalitis are among just a few of the illnesses being bitten by a mosquito can incur. Mosquitoes are also responsible for infecting our pets with heartworms, which can be fatal. The best way to ensure your safety and the safety of your family and pets is to exercise common sense when it comes to mosquitoes. Conducting frequent checks

Tip over standing water to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds
Tip over standing water to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds

within your yard for standing water and items that could potentially act as a reservoir for rain or pooled water is essential to keeping mosquitoes from breeding on your property. Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in as little amount of water as a soda bottle top. Having your property treated by a licensed mosquito control representative is also important. These safeguards will help to keep mosquitoes out of your yard this season and off of you and your family.

Our safe and effective barrier spray program eliminates mosquitoes and prevents more from entering your protected property for the entire season. Our mosquito control program is convenient and highly effective at keeping mosquitoes out no matter how attractive your chemistry is to the mosquito. We schedule applications of our barrier spray at timed intervals throughout the season to keep you and yours happy and healthy all season long!

Contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville today to learn more about our safe and effective mosquito control program. Call us today for a free quote • (864) 277 – 4299

Keith-Drew,-Owner

 

Keith Drew, Owner
email: greenville@mosquitosquad.com