Take back your yard with Greenscapes mosquito control programs.
Our backyards are a place we should be able to enjoy without worrying about the adverse health risks associated with high mosquito populations. Despite West Nile, Zika and other human health risks, mosquito control isn’t just for us, it’s also for your pets. According to the American Heartworm Society, there are 22 different mosquito species in the U.S. that carry heartworm and they are active at different times of the day and year.
In order to properly control mosquitos, the first step is to understand their life cycle. Female mosquitoes lay 100-300 eggs (about 100 to 300 at a time) in stagnant water. The eggs float to the surface of the water for about 48 hours before hatching into larva. The larva will live in the water for up to 14 days eating tiny plants and animals. About two days later an adult mosquito emerges.
Tires and frisbees provide a perfect spot for thousands of mosquitos to hatch. If designed correctly, guess what doesn’t? A pond! There are a lot of local residents in your pond that can’t wait to feed on mosquitos. Koi are beautiful but they are not the best feeders when it comes to larvae. Consider adding some goldfish to the Koi pond. The American Mosquito Control Association, in fact, recommends adding predacious minnows or native fish to lakes and ponds for biological control of the insects. If you have a large natural pond that is not currently stocked and local regulations allow it, consider adding mosquito fish. They are very aggressive, however, and will eat dragonflies who are also adept mosquito predators. Alternatively, we recommend you stock natural ponds with tadpoles, minnow, bass, bluegill and catfish. A properly designed pond is also required. Maintain at least 2′ of depth and ensure any shallow shelving has jets or aeration to agitate the surface. As part of your ponds ecosystem, you should also have 40-60% of the water surface covered with plants.
Time to get more aggressive?
Nutone Haven Mosquito Repellent System
Learn how to turn your backyard into a Haven with the Haven Backyard Lighting & Mosquito Repellent System. It provides effective, convenient, season-long mosquito protection, with or without low voltage landscape lighting.