The familiar buzz and bite of a pesky mosquito is a sensation we often associate with hot nights in early July or August.
However, if you’re asking yourself when mosquitoes go away in Arizona, you might be a little disappointed. In warm climates that stay on the warm side year-round, mosquitoes become more permanent pests, unlikely to go away due to cold weather. In the months from March to October, mosquitoes are most likely to be active, but you may see these pests at any time.
So how do you prevent these buggers from infesting your fall plans (as well as your summer ones) with itchy red welts and potential diseases? We’ve got you.
How to Prevent Mosquitoes
Though eliminating mosquitoes altogether is an unlikely possibility, there are easy ways to prevent them from breeding.
To do this, you must first understand a fundamental element in mosquito breeding: water. At every step of the mosquito breeding process, water is necessary. The mosquito life cycle happens in four stages that starts with an egg and ends in an adult mosquito.
Most species of mosquitos lay their eggs directly on a body of water. Then, within 72 hours of a mosquito egg being exposed to water, it hatches into larvae. From there, larvae, and then pupae, live on the surface of the water to feed and take in air.
With this knowledge in hand, the solution to decreasing mosquito breeding seems clear: eliminate possible open water sources.
How to Deal With Mosquitoes
An average home’s backyard or porch can contain any number of pools of water. A sand bucket left out in the rain, a lid to a garbage can, debris, bird baths, and watering cans are all potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
On a weekly basis, empty, scrub, or discard these items that can hold water. Patch up leaking pipes and regularly change out the water in potted plants.
For water sources that can’t be drained regularly, like a swimming pool or pond, try to circulate the water inside them as much as possible.
It only takes one inch of water for a female mosquito to breed a possible 500 eggs, so be aware of potential water stagnation.
Mosquito Control in Arizona
Already have unwanted mosquitoes swarming around your home? The easiest way to get rid of these bugs is to contact your local pest removal experts.
At Responsible Pest & Scorpion Control, we provide all the necessary services to eliminate the problem. Our Integrated Pest Management practices target pests in ways that pose very little risk to humans or pets.
Want to find out more? Contact us to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services!