Step 1 - Killing Mosquito Larvae
Step 1 - Prevent Mosquitoes from Breeding
The first step in gaining mosquito control over your property is to determine where mosquitoes are breeding and eliminate those breeding grounds whenever possible. According to Jim Mills, president of Universal Solutions, "mosquitoes can breed in as little as two tablespoons of water," and it only takes mosquito larvae 4-7 days to mature into adult biting insects.
A female mosquito can lay anywhere from 100 to 300 eggs at a time and will produce anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 eggs throughout her lifetime. These shocking stats are why gaining mosquito control over breeding grounds is so important. It's much easier to kill hundreds of mosquito larvae at one time that it is to kill large numbers of mosquitoes as adults.
Any areas where water is allowed to collect and lay stagnate on your property are prime breeding sources for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes inhabit areas like old tires, empty flower pots, rain gutters, swamps, ponds, in puddles on tarps, in pet's food and water dishes, wading pools and hot tubs, bird baths, and rain barrels.
It is vital to make sure that you are not creating multiple breeding grounds for mosquitoes by allowing water to collect in abandoned items around your property. Do a walk through of your property and perform the following tasks to get rid of popular mosquito breeding areas:
- Clean and empty gutters
- Empty water from swimming pools
- Change water in birdbaths once a week
- Flip wheel barrows and other empty containers upside down
- Dispose of old tires or any unused containers that might hold water and serve as a breeding area for mosquitoes
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Now that you've disposed of and emptied abandoned containers with standing water and wiped out mosquito breeding grounds around your home with mosquito larvacide, it's time to move on to step two of our exclusive 4 step process which involves drawing mosquitoes away from your living quarters with a mosquito trap. Move on to step two and learn more!