Spring and Summer are mosquito seasons. Mosquitoes can lay their eggs anywhere there is standing water, so it’s essential to be aware of potential mosquito nests around your home to prevent them from taking over. So do you know where the mosquitoes in your area are breeding?
Creating the Perfect Environment For Mosquito Nests
Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in any standing water, no matter how dirty or clean it may be. This means mosquito nests can be found in even the most unlikely places. However, there are a few different things that mosquitoes look for when it comes to choosing their nesting areas, including:
Available Food Sources
Mosquitoes have to eat in order to sustain themselves, and they will often look for areas where there are plenty of food sources available. Mosquitoes eat blood from mammalian hosts, which is why mosquitoes are often found near areas where there are large populations of people or animals.
Mosquitoes require a few simple things to survive and they tend to build their nests in areas that offer easy access to all of these things. One of the most important things that mosquitoes need is water, which is why they often build their nests near sources of standing water.
Protection from Predators
Mosquitoes are small and vulnerable to predators, which is why they often build their nests in areas that offer some level of protection from the elements and from predators. This can include anything from tall grasses to trees or shrubs.
Mosquitoes also prefer to build their nests in shaded areas, as this helps them stay cool and avoid the heat of the sun. So when looking for mosquito nests around your home it is important to pay attention to areas that fit these criteria around your home.
Common Areas to Find Mosquito Nests
Once the weather begins to get warm, mosquitoes will start seeking out new places to build their nests along with new sources of food. Their bites can be extremely itchy and sometimes even deadly, so addressing any mosquito problems you have right away is crucial. But how can you solve a problem when your property is full of these flying insects that are hard to find?
The best way to eliminate or reduce a mosquito population is by targeting mosquito nests. This helps reduce the overall mosquito population and helps to prevent future mosquito populations from developing. Here are some places around your home that fit the criteria mentioned and where you may find mosquito nests:
Your Pet's Water Bowls
If you have mosquito problems, one place to look is your pet’s water bowls. These are a common source of mosquito breeding because they offer standing water and are often located in shaded areas.
Another common mosquito breeding ground is plant saucers. These are often found in shaded areas and can hold enough water for mosquito larvae to develop.
Boats and Kayaks
If you have any boats or kayaks on your property, these can also be mosquito breeding grounds. Make sure to drain any water that is left in them after use so that mosquitoes don’t have a chance to lay their eggs.
Oil Drums and Buckets
The next area you may find mosquito nests are in oil drums and buckets. These can often be found in garages or sheds and can hold enough water for mosquito larvae to develop.
Swing Sets and Outdoor Toys
Swing sets and other outdoor toys can also be mosquito breeding grounds. The water that collects in these areas is often enough for mosquitoes to lay their eggs and for the larvae to develop.
Yard Novelties and Ornamentals
Another common area to find mosquito nests is yard novelties and ornamental items. These items often have a small amount of water that collects in them, which is enough for mosquito larvae to develop.
Garbage Cans and Recycling Bins
Mosquito nests can also be found in garbage cans and recycling bins. And while most outdoor garbage cans have lids many recycling bins do not. When you leave these items outside they act as a catch basin for rainwater. This is why it is extremely important to leave your bins under an overhang and to remember to empty them out after any major rainstorms.
Swimming Pools, Both Big and Small
Another area where you can find mosquito nests is in swimming pools. Swimming pools are a major mosquito problem because they offer standing water and are often located in shaded areas, thus making them the perfect breeding ground for these annoying pests.
One of the most common mosquito breeding grounds is old tires. Tires can hold a large amount of water and are often found in shaded areas, making them the perfect place for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.
Addressing Mosquito Nests with Sigma Pest Control
Once you have found mosquito nests on your property, it is important to address them right away. The best way to do this is with the help of a professional mosquito control company like Sigma Pest Control. We can help you eliminate mosquito nests and prevent future mosquito problems. Contact us today to learn more about our mosquito control services!