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What Is Causing All These Mosquitoes in Terre Haute?

July 6, 2018


Mosquitoes are out in force this summer and the environmental conditions around Terre Haute make this area the perfect breeding ground for these pests. Mosquitoes love water and damp, rainy weather and while it hasn’t been a particularly rainy spring, there has been enough rain to provide mosquitoes the perfect places to lay their eggs; the standing water that allowed mosquitoes to lay their eggs coupled with the hot, dry weather we have been experiencing lately has allowed those mosquito eggs to hatch and they are now flying around looking for their next meal. There is nothing worse than having mosquitoes ruin your summer fun in Indiana. The good news is that there are precautions that you can take to make your property less attractive to mosquitoes!

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Mosquitoes are out in force this summer and the environmental conditions around Terre Haute make this area the perfect breeding ground for these pests. Mosquitoes love water and damp, rainy weather and while it hasn’t been a particularly rainy spring, there has been enough rain to provide mosquitoes the perfect places to lay their eggs; the standing water that allowed mosquitoes to lay their eggs coupled with the hot, dry weather we have been experiencing lately has allowed those mosquito eggs to hatch and they are now flying around looking for their next meal. There is nothing worse than having mosquitoes ruin your summer fun in Indiana. The good news is that there are precautions that you can take to make your property less attractive to mosquitoes!

Mosquitoes Love Water

As mentioned above, mosquitoes need water to survive and breed, but how much water do they actually need? Many people are under the impression that mosquitoes require large bodies of water to breed, and while mosquitoes can certainly breed in larger areas of water like lakes, pools, and ponds, they are just as likely to breed in smaller areas of standing water, including the damp mulch under your landscaping, a partially filled watering can, the birdbath in your backyard, or any puddles around your property.

Getting rid of sources of standing water around your property is an effective way to reduce the populations of mosquitoes in your backyard. Making sure your garden soil is well drained, trimming back bushes, dumping out buckets and any other containers that could collect standing water, fixing leaky hoses and faucets, clearing out your gutters, and raking up any wet leaves or yard debris on your property can help reduce the areas of standing water that mosquitoes need to breed in your yard.

Mosquitoes Hate Strong Smells

Mosquitoes are repelled by certain strong smells, which is why mosquito sprays often have that harsh citronella scent and why citronella candles are so popular; however, there are other ways to keep these pests away beside using large amounts of mosquito repellant or constantly lighting citronella candles, including planting an actual citronella plant!

The beautiful Terre Haute summers allow residents to grow a variety of beneficial garden plants. Catnip, lavender, marigolds and scented geraniums are all plants that you can add to your landscaping to help keep mosquitoes away. Another method to repel these pests is to keep a small patio or deck herb garden full of rosemary, basil, lemongrass, and garlic, which will not only serve as a mosquito repellent but can be used in cooking as well! The benefit of planting some of these as potted plants is that you can move them wherever you would like to sit outdoors and some of them will even overwinter inside your home, meaning you can use them to deter mosquitoes for multiple mosquito seasons.

Professional Mosquito Treatments

Even after reducing standing water around your home and planting mosquito repelling plants, you will likely still experience some problems with mosquitoes; after all, these pesky creatures can fly so they can travel from your neighbor’s water sources right to your yard. If you are dealing with mosquitoes even after implementing the above prevention methods, don’t worry! Action Pest Control has a mosquito control program designed to target the mosquitoes in Terre Haute. We will come out and do an inspection and find the areas around your home where mosquitoes may be breeding or landing. Our professionals will come out once a month during the whole of mosquito season, which runs from April through October, to treat your property. We also offer one-time treatments for special events like weddings and family BBQs. Don’t hesitate to call Action Pest Control NOW before the full swing of summer arrives in Terre Haute, and with it, swarms of mosquitoes!




 

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