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The Most Effective Mosquito Control For Your Nashville Yard

May 31, 2022

Mosquitoes are one of the worst pests to deal with during the warmer months. Not only do they buzz in your ear, but they carry and spread serious illnesses. If you have a mosquito problem on your property, you'll want to get it under control as soon as possible. Keep reading to learn more about mosquitoes and how to prevent them from taking over your yard.

The Life Cycle Of Mosquitoes

The mosquito life cycle consists of four distinct stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. After a blood meal, a female mosquito will seek out a source of standing water to lay her eggs. The eggs then hatch while being exposed to water, evolving into the larva stage. The mosquitoes resemble squiggly worms at the larva stage and remain underwater to continue growing. The amount of time spent submerged depends on the mosquito type, the food source, and water temperature. 

After feeding for an extended period of time, the larvae become pupae and stop feeding. They surround themselves in what is known as a pupa case, similar to a cocoon. The pupa will develop into a fully formed adult mosquito inside the case. It leaves the water source to feed on nectar and blood like other adults in the species. The entire life cycle can take anywhere between four days and one month to complete.

The Dangerous Diseases Mosquitoes Are Known To Spread

It's important to get rid of mosquitoes on your property because of the health risk they pose. When a mosquito lands on a host to feed, it inserts a slender tube from its mouth into the skin. As the insect draws blood, it also injects saliva into the host. If the mosquito feeds on an infected host, it will then pass on the germs from that host to the other hosts it feeds on. These pathogens pass from host to host through the saliva. 

Some of the diseases carried by mosquitoes include malaria, West Nile virus, Zika virus, various forms of encephalitis, yellow fever, and dengue. While contracting a mosquito-borne illness is fairly rare in the United States, it's essential to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family. Most people bitten by mosquitoes have to deal with an itchy, irritating bite for a few days. If you begin to experience any additional symptoms such as sudden fever, joint pain, skin rash, diarrhea, or vomiting, seek immediate medical attention.

Factors That Attract Mosquitoes To Your Yard

Mosquitoes are attracted to a number of different things. It's vital to understand what they are so you can prevent mosquitoes from taking over your home. Here is a list of some of the main attractors:

  • Plants that attract mosquitoes, like bamboo and water lilies
  • Clogged drains and gutters
  • Standing water sources, like birdbaths and water features
  • Yard debris, like leaf piles and grass clippings
  • Overgrown lawns
  • Compost piles

Removing all mosquito attractors from your yard should be a top priority. To further protect yourself while spending time outdoors, consider wearing light-colored clothing that covers your arms and ankles. Apply a repellent on your body and consider lighting citronella candles around your outdoor spaces or diffuse lemon eucalyptus oil to keep mosquitoes away naturally. 

Contact The Pros For Total Mosquito Control For Your Yard

The best way to repel mosquitoes is to work with a Nashville pest control professional, like Cima Solutions. Our eco-friendly pest control solutions are highly effective and child, pet, and eco-friendly. Don't let mosquitoes ruin your summer. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.