So Why Do Mosquitoes Like Stagnant Water So Much?
Stagnant, or standing, water is necessary for mosquitoes breeding habits. Female mosquitoes lay eggs in and around standing water because it helps incubate and hatch the eggs. Some mosquitoes even prefer to lay eggs in water that collects or is stored in manmade containers because the eggs will stick to the containers, remaining attached until they are scrubbed off.
The water must be standing still because mosquito larvae are poor swimmers and do not have the means to overpower any current or flow of water. Mosquitoes in moving water would be washed away, never to be seen again.
Standing water is a fairly rare occurrence in most naturally occurring biomes, but mosquitoes exploit any size of standing water they can inhabit. By eliminating these 10 common sources of standing water for mosquitoes, you are making it that much harder for mosquitoes to reproduce.
How to Treat for Mosquitoes
So you've disturbed mosquito breeding groups, and have prevented mosquitoes from making a perfect oasis out of your backyard, but still have mosquitoes hanging around. It's time to treat them with an insecticide.
Cut back your trees, shrubs, and weeds so they aren't overgrown and providing shady resting spots for mosquitoes during the day. Treat these trees, shrubs, and weeds with a nontoxic insecticide.
By following these 10 prevention and elimination tips, you should be setting yourself up for a mosquito free summer. If these tips have not solved your mosquito problems, put your problems in the hands of the professionals. At Breda Pest Management, we specialize in pest removal and treatment, so you can count on us to get the job done.
For more information about mosquitoes and other pests that might be bothering you this summer, download our free guide, How to Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Yard This Summer.