Mosquito prevention: the core process that helps avoid the risk of West Nile virus and other mosquito-related infections. Although any time of day can be mosquito time, dusk and dawn mark the typical danger zone. When untreated water accumulates, so too do the bloodsuckers that help spread the viruses. For female mosquitoes, calm air opens the window of opportunity for biting humans. Successful prevention of the “little fly,” as the word means in Spanish, requires that you eliminate and/or reduce the breeding pits. However, spotting standing water is not always easy. Water that accumulates due to clogged gutters, under-the-house A/C drippings, and even a leaky downspout can be difficult to notice.
Anywhere that untreated water meets mosquito-favorable weather conditions the bugs will breed. In a nation populated by around 175 various species of “little flies,” homeowners in Charlotte, NC and neighboring cities run a bold risk of infestation. The bugs lack teeth in the sense of other biting critters, but they do have a “proboscis.” This long, pointed mouth-part helps the female of the species pierce a victim’s skin, locate a suitable capillary, and then suck blood at a rate of up to three times the mosquitoes body weight.
Clogged Gutters, A Life Support System For Blood Sucking Devils
The typical female “little fly,” also called “Mozzies” whether male or female, can lay up to 300 eggs at a single dropping. Deposited in “rafts” or clusters if you prefer clearer understanding, the eggs may be dropped onto the surface of stagnant water. However, they are also sometimes laid in a standard flood path. Hatching takes place in as little as one inch of untreated water. And that old female, that bitter and breeder, well… she can drop eggs up to three times before she dies.
They normally thrive for ten days before ready to leave the water. For mosquitoes, life begins as larvae, often called a “wiggler.” And although birthed and thriving in stagnant water, wigglers breathe surface oxygen. In time, they develop into pupae. Whereas the wigglers feed off the organic matter that accumulates in stagnant water, the pupae are partially cocoon-cased. Thus they need no food. After a few days in the pupae state, the bug exits as a full-grown adult bloodsucker. Thankfully the typical female mossie lifespan is but two months – males usually only life 10 days or so. However, hibernating females can live up to six months.
Clogged gutters, toys, and junk piles are among the many places where mosquito life-support is readily available. Junk piles are easy to see. Toys, old tires and planter buckets are typically easy cleans. However, gutters clogged can be more difficult to notice. One test: when rain comes, check for gutter overflow. Unless your system is undersized for your home, gutter overflow should be relatively non-existent.
Preventing Mossie Accumulation – Eighteen Tips
Being cold-blooded bugs, mosquitoes hibernate. When Charlotte regional temperatures drop below 50 degrees, the adults are ready for bed. Sometimes rather than hibernate, a female mossie lays eggs in freezing water and then simply dies. The cold water doesn’t prevent the birth cycle. When warm weather returns, the eggs hatch. So winter, spring, summer or fall, applying the following eighteen defensive methods will help rid your home of mosquito infections.
1. Eliminate the junk
2. Cover the trash container
3. Clean gutters
4. Keep up with the swimming pool
5. Unblock the storm drains
6. Ensure solid runoff around the downspouts
7. Eliminate water accumulation in the crawl space
8. Clean up the bird baths
9. Check the saucers around potted plants
10. Set small boats, canoes and kayaks top down
11. Check the air conditioning air handler run-off and drain pan
12. Seal cracked or broken concrete slabs
13. Make sure the ground beneath your deck is properly drained
14. Install caps on any open fence posts
15. Control home irrigation so as to prevent excessive water detainment
16. Install and/or repair window screens and vent screens in the attic or the crawlspace
17. Repair any leaky faucets outside as well as inside your home
18. Call Right Way Exterior Solutions for installation of an efficient and effective gutter guard system.
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According to the author of “Mosquito Facts – 33 Things You Didn’t Know About Mosquitoes,” bug zappers are no help in the prevention of mosquitoes (1). More often than not, such devices kill harmless and even beneficial insects – but very few bugs that bite.