The end of May brings highly anticipated sustained warm weather, encouraging everyone to head outside to enjoy the outdoor fun in Massachusetts. Finally, you can return to your favorite outdoor activities and unfortunately your local mosquitoes can return to their favorite local activity – blood sucking.
Wet Winter = Mosquito Summer
Here in Massachusetts, our winter and spring weather certainly made our state very hospitable for mosquitoes. After our long, long, snowy, snowy winter, there’s a great deal of snow melt and standing water. Standing water is a perfect opportunity for mosquitoes looking to expand their families. With many thousands more mosquitoes in New England this spring and summer, homeowners in Fall River and the South Shore need to be especially vigilant in making sure your yard is not an inviting place for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.
Mosquitoes are able to live through the winter hiding in logs, nests, or even abandoned buildings. They will wake up as soon as the weather hits about 60 degrees for even a day or two! Other kinds of mosquitoes will overwinter as larvae at the edges of ponds or in mud. Some are eggs, resting in any open water they can find. When the weather warms, standing water throughout our yards becomes a smorgasbord for thousands and thousands of mosquito larvae. Mosquitoes breed while they fly but they have to have standing water to lay their eggs.
Mosquitoes Need Water to Reproduce.
At Mosquito Squad of Fall River and the South Shore, our barrier spray service eliminates adult mosquitoes on contact. But we need you to help make your yard less amenable for raising the next batch of hatchlings. The more standing water you eliminate from your yard, the fewer mosquitoes you will have. Take a walk around your property to look for standing water. Always drain water in cans, pools, buckets, and even in items as small as a bottle cap.
Mosquito Squad of Fall River and the South Shore has a useful way to remember where to look for standing water and what to do with it. Our 5 T’s of Mosquito Control can keep the population of mosquitoes in your yard from multiplying.
Tip over anything around your home that can collect water from rain or your sprinkler system. Dog bowls, plant saucers, clogged gutters and toys left out in the yard can collect enough water to be a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Even an inch or two can be enough water to host mosquito hatchings!
Remove excess grass, weeds from gardens, leaves, firewood and leftover clippings from your yard.
Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like kiddie pools, children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
4. REMOVE TARPS.
If tarps on your firewood piles, grills or boats aren’t taut, they’re holding water. And water means growing mosquito babies.
Call Mosquito Squad of Fall River and the South Shore. We eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property.
Make sure they don’t have a chance in your yard!
Mosquito Squad of Fall River and the South Shore is your trusted provider for protecting your yard from ticks and tick-borne diseases. To sign up for season-long protection, give us a ring at 508-536-4855, email us at [email protected]