Mosquito control systems can be used to banish mosquitoes from your yard. By also using a mosquito barrier around your yard or garden, you can keep them out and enjoy these warm summer evenings as you should. So how do you achieve this? What is involved and how is different to any other method of mosquito control? Here are the steps involved in ridding your yard of these flying pests once and for all.
1. The Initial Survey
First, you need a technician to carry out a survey of the extent of the problem. It is important to identify a perimeter where you want to stop them entering, and then those areas within it where mosquitoes can breed. There is little point in closing the door if they are already inside breeding. An initial survey will establish where mosquitoes currently tend to rest between attacks and also identify possible breeding areas.
2. Initial Mosquito Control Operation
The mosquito control operation begins by dealing with the insects currently active and breeding inside the yard perimeter. They tend to rest in a dark and moist environment, such as deep in vegetation, long grass and dense shrubbery. A mosquito spray will normally be used in these areas, and also on the underside of leaves of bushes and shrubs where they also like to hide. Such sprays last 28 days before needing repeated, but a repeat treatment should not be necessary if a mosquito misting system, described later, is used as a barrier.
The initial treatment helps to eradicate any active insects while also preventing them from mating. Only female mosquitoes bite, because they need the protein in blood to form their eggs. The males feed on nectar, as do the females when not actively breeding. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water: actually on top of the surface, often in the form of rafts of hundreds of eggs.
For that reason, it is also necessary to treat ponds or other areas of still water that can be used by mosquitoes for their eggs. The eggs hatch into larvae, also known as wigglers, which develop into pupae and finally adult mosquitoes. This life cycle takes on average from 10 -14 days in the USA, but depends a great deal on the species.
All of this needs water – even just an old can lying in your yard. Other favorite areas are old tires, buckets and pails, bird baths and any form of standing water that lies for several days. A mosquito can lay over 100 eggs at a time every three days, and can lay many hundreds of eggs in her lifetime.
The initial spraying will eradicate existing adults, and it is also necessary to remove anywhere the eggs can be laid and hatched. Obvious containers will be removed, and ponds and pools treated. Ponds containing fish are unlikely to be infested with larvae because the fish will feed on them.
3. Mosquito Barrier: Mosquito Misting System
The above treatment is a standard method of mosquito control. To maximize their elimination, a mosquito barrier can then be set up around the perimeter. This consists of a mosquito misting system which automatically sprays a fine mist of insecticide through nozzles set up around the area to be protected. The nozzles are fed from individual containers or a central tank and activated at intervals when the pests are most active: early morning, dusk and the first few hours of night.
By using both these system: an initial spray treatment and the mosquito misting system, it is possible to clear a yard and then create a mosquito barrier that prevents new insects from entering its perimeter. This is the most effective method of mosquito control available. While many people are happy with just the initial spraying, and 21-day repeat treatments, those with a high level of activity in their yard, garden or even public areas, prefer the more comprehensive mosquito barrier.
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