Winter is here, but where did the mosquitoes go? We don’t often associate mosquitoes with winter, but that’s how they will sneak up on you. Preparation for mosquito season is key to protecting your home and yard, especially in the South. While most male mosquitoes end up succumbing to the cold weather and dying off, female mosquitos are known to hibernate and lay their eggs to prepare for warmer spring weather. In the South, this weather can be as soon as March. To get ready for mosquito season, your local experts at Palmetto Mosquito Control have put together a list of tips for winter mosquito control.
Tip 1: Secure Your Property
Female mosquitoes will stay in sheltered areas during winter, which can include places like your garbage, yard debris, bins, piles of leaves, fallen tree limbs, anything that might be secured, sheltered, and potentially moist. Mosquitos will lay their eggs in any standing water before winter sets in and, unless disturbed, remain there until spring once temperatures warm up and hatch. If you notice any debris or abandoned objects in your yard, be sure to dispose of them. Any standing water, like buckets, flower pots, wheelbarrows, or anything that can potentially hold winter, should be turned over or emptied out entirely to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs.
Tip 2: Clean Your Gutters
Not only will cleaning your gutters prepare your home for winter, but it will also keep away those pesky mosquitoes. Dirty gutters can accumulate all kinds of leaves, dirt, and water, which could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Be sure to keep your gutters clean and clog-free without any cracks or leaks.
Consider Your Yard
If your grass is overgrown and your weeds seem to be taking over your yard, this can attract mosquitoes. It provides a nice amount of shelter for them during the winter, especially in warmer climates. Be sure to keep your grass mowed and clear out any overgrown matter. Additionally, you could consider planting mosquito-repelling plants like rosemary, mint, and lavender.
Tip 4: Professional Mosquito Treatment
One of the best ways to protect your yard is to invest in a professional mosquito treatment from your local mosquito control company. At Palmetto Mosquito Control, we have two different types of mosquito protection to get you ready for mosquito season. Scheduling service before mosquito season is in full swing will ensure you start spring mosquito-free!
Other pests outnumber winter mosquitos, but don’t let them fool you. The next mosquito season is right around the corner, and the key to mosquito control is preparation. For more information regarding our system types and how to best prepare your yard for mosquito season, contact Palmetto Mosquito Control at 800-585-8019.