During the summer we get used to the buzz of mosquitoes and the presence of itchy welts from mosquito bites. Mosquitoes can feel like an impossible problem, especially when the moisture of summer keeps them active in Pittsburgh. It can feel like you are fighting mosquitoes every time you go outside. As we approach the end of summer and move into fall, it’s important not to forget about mosquitoes. Here’s what you need to know about protecting your house from mosquitoes during the fall months.
Mosquitoes Still Active In Fall
The temperature might be starting to drop, but that doesn’t mean mosquitoes have disappeared. Mosquitoes enjoy warmer weather, but they can continue activity as long as the temperature is above 50F. They do notice when the temperature begins to drop, however. They take this as a sign that it’s time to ramp up breeding so that their eggs can hatch once spring comes again. During the fall, mosquitoes will be looking for any standing water in which to lay their eggs.
How to Prevent Mosquitoes from Breeding in Your Yard?
Mosquitoes don’t travel far when they are alive. Most mosquitoes stay within a space of a couple hundred feet. This means that by keeping mosquitoes from breeding in your yard you will also be lessening the chances of adult mosquitoes coming into your yard next summer.
To do this, you need to remove all standing water from your yard. Mosquitoes can breed with only an inch of water. They’ll find this water in buckets of rainwater, clogged gutters, overly watered plants, birdfeeders, puddles, ponds, water collected in toys in the yard.
The drier your yard, the less likely you are to attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes also like to hide in shady, cool areas. You can keep them away by trimming trees and plants in your yard so that sunlight can filter through and help dry out the ground beneath. Mosquitoes hide under fall leaves, which can gather water and create perfect breeding grounds. This fall, it’s important to rake your yard often and collect and dispose of the leaves before mosquitoes have the chance to breed.
What to Do If Mosquitoes Are Already in Your Yard
Keeping your yard dry and free of standing water is a good way to reduce mosquitoes next summer. However, what do you do if mosquitoes have already taken over your yard? You may have been putting up with mosquitoes all summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get rid of them now.
Witt Pest Management offers misting services to treat mosquitoes. This can be done as a one-time service before an important outdoor event. It can also be done seasonally, with several treatments throughout the height of mosquito season.
One of the great things about getting mosquito treatment from Witt Pest Management is that we offer a dual treatment plan. Not only does our treatment eliminate mosquitoes and the viruses they carry, but it also works to prevent and eliminate ticks. Ticks can carry several diseases, so double protection will help keep your family safe from many different kinds of disease. Call now for details of how to keep your Pittsburgh home mosquito free, year-round.