Ridding Your Home of Insects

Mosquitoes And Mild Seasonal Weather: Tips To Control These Pests In The Cold Season

by Ted Miller

In most areas of the United States, fall marks the end of summer and the beginning of colder weather. But if you live in a location that enjoys mild weather in the fall and winter, keep an eye out for mosquitoes. Although mosquitoes hibernate during the cold season, the pests can survive temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are ways you can control the mosquitoes around your home.

Remove All Signs of Water

If you have old tires, tin cans, and other containers or items sitting around your home, you may be unintentionally helping mosquitoes take over your property. These items can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes if they contain any type of water or moisture. Adult mosquitoes use the wet conditions to lay eggs, which later hatch into wriggling larvae.

If the weather's warm enough, mosquito larvae can survive in water for four days or more. Unless you inspect the containers around your home, you may not know that you have a mosquito problem until the larvae become full sized adults.

You can help eliminate the mosquitoes on your property by emptying and discarding the containers mentioned above. If you can't get rid of the items or need to use them in the future, place lids over their openings. You can also seal the lids with waterproof tape to keep moisture and mosquitoes out of them. 

After you secure the containers around your home, have your properly inspected for other signs of mosquitoes.

Inspect Your Gutters

Mosquitoes can hide in other places around your house you might not expect, including your gutters. Even if it doesn't become cold enough to snow in your area, it may still rain. Rainwater can make the leaves and other organic matter inside your gutters and other locations around your roof damp and soggy. Mosquitoes can use the moist matter to lay and hatch eggs.

If you can't clean out the gutters yourself, have someone do it for you. You can also place shields or covers over your gutters to keep them clean. Keep the soil around your gutters' downspouts as dry as possible. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in damp soil.

If none of the efforts above work to keep mosquitoes out of your home, contact a pest control company for further assistance. Pest control can inspect and treat different areas around your home that may harbor or attract mosquitoes during mild weather conditions.

To eliminate the mosquitoes around your home, contact a pest control company, such as Kettle Moraine Pest Control, near you today.