Mosquitos are not just pests but can be quite dangerous since some species vector diseases such as West Nile Virus. While most are only nuisances, control is often desired so our landscapes and gardens can be fully enjoyed in the summer. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in or near water. These eggs hatch into larva, then emerge from the water as adults.
The females then feed on blood to lay more eggs. Mosquitoes can go through their entire life cycle in as little as 4 days or as long as a month. They emerge throughout the summer months. Adults often shelter in shrubs and bushes during the day and feed in the evening.
One of the best ways to reduce their numbers is to make sure there is no standing water in the landscape. Gutters that haven’t been cleaned, buckets, and old tires can all hold water and offer areas for the larva. The larva can be controlled in desirable pools and ponds with Mosquito Bits which contain Bt and are safe for fish and even honey bees. Adults can be repelled or controlled around areas where people will congregate in the evening with Bonide’s Mosquito Beater Line. These are often broadcast around the area and grass. This will make patios and gardens much more welcoming in the summer.