As we turn the corner from summer and enter the fall, and the heat gives way to cooler temperatures, we want to enjoy the outdoors. While the breezes of milder weather are blowing in, sitting and enjoying an ice-cold glass of tea on the porch or deck is relaxing. However, there is a pest that can ruin a comfortable evening in the yard, mosquitoes.
If mosquitoes are destroying picnics in the yard or cuddle time on the outdoor swing, you need the Monmouth County pest control team from Pride Pest Service. Our family-owned company has been eliminating pests for almost twenty years; we know how to stop mosquitoes from ruining your fun in the sun.
The Role Mosquitoes Play In Our Ecosystem
While you may think that mosquitoes in New Jersey do nothing but bite and annoy people, they are a necessary part of our ecosystem. Although the mosquitoes who bite are female mosquitoes requiring blood to reproduce, the males (and some females) need nectar to survive. In the process of securing nectar for energy, mosquitoes pollinate flowers.
Bats eat mosquitoes; bats consume up to 600 mosquitoes an hour! Other animals eat mosquitoes like salamanders, birds, insects, and lizards. Larvae of mosquitoes contribute to the ecosystem by consuming the unicellular algae from water and converting them into body tissue; larvae convert waste products in water into nitrogen and enable plants to thrive.
Why Mosquitoes Are Considered So Dangerous
Only female mosquitoes bite humans, and they bite because they need protein from blood to produce eggs. Mosquitoes prefer humans but will bite rodents, amphibians, and birds when humans are not present. If the mosquito draws blood from an infected animal and then bites a human, it may pass the disease to the human.
Only a few mosquito species transmit disease; most are simply a nuisance and do not infect people. Diseases caused by mosquitoes include:
- West Nile virus
- Yellow fever
Because mosquitoes are vectors for many diseases, they have the dubious distinction of being the deadliest insect on the planet. Malaria is the most lethal disease, but in the United States, we have treatments that stop it before it kills. Most mosquitoes do not carry disease, so do not assume a bite from a mosquito will result in illness.
Five Easy Ways To Reduce Mosquito Populations Around Your Yard
Although most mosquitoes do not transmit disease, they are still a nuisance for humans. We don’t want to endure the pain of a bite or deal with the itchy aftermath; we want them out of our yards! Here are five ways to get rid of mosquitoes in the yard:
- Remove adequate drainage for ditches, low-lying areas, and air-conditioning units.
- Empty flower pot saucers, baby pool, and tarps of water after rainstorms.
- Change water in bird baths regularly.
- Trim bushes and trees to eliminate damp, shaded areas.
- Remove old tires and other water-collecting items from the yard.
Because mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and stay within about 200 yards of their breeding grounds, removing standing water is the best thing to get rid of mosquitoes on your property.
The Trick To Total Mosquito Control For Your Yard
For complete success in controlling mosquitoes, supplement the five ways mentioned above with mosquito control in Monmouth County from Pride Pest Service. Our pest control experts will evaluate your situation, determine the likely sources of the infestation, and create a strategic plan for the elimination of mosquitoes on your property.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Don’t let the beautiful fall days slip by without enjoying your yard.