3 Signs of a Mosquito Infestation

By TruGreen June 23, 2021
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3 Signs of a Mosquito Infestation

While summer might be the time you’re wanting to plan a vacation or getaway, mosquitoes are making themselves right at home. With over 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world,  200 of which can be found in the US, mosquitoes typically lurk when overnight temperatures remain above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. High temperatures and humidity make for a mosquito’s ideal habitat.. Stop mosquitoes before they get too comfortable with these prevention and treatment tips.

Lawn mosquito signs

Mosquito bites can put a damper on your time outside and send you running back inside. Get ahead of a mosquito infestation by checking for these signs that mosquitoes may be taking up residence in your outdoor space. It’s important to keep in mind that mosquitoes do not live in manicured or maintained turf; mosquitoes harbor on the undersides of trees, shrubs or other ornamental plant leaves that can provide protection from predators and the sun.

1. Standing Water

Mosquito eggs grow and thrive in water, so be sure to keep an eye out for these areas where mosquitoes might be breeding. Common areas mosquitoes thrive in include, but are not limited to, dog bowls, toys that hold water, or even puddled areas. The areas that are capable of holding water for more than a week are the areas most likely to become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. It’s important to keep these areas clean and free of standing water.

2. Mosquitoes in Your Home

Mosquitoes invading your backyard know no boundaries, so it’s no surprise they might try to make their way into your home. Noticing mosquitoes inside is a sign that you may have a mosquito infestation outside. While the occasional mosquito shouldn’t be a concern; if you have a consistent presence, it’s time to call a specialist to treat the outdoor areas where mosquitoes may be hiding, including ornamental foliage, potted plants and ground cover.

3. Humidity

Humid weather might make for beautiful green landscapes, but it can also be a mosquito’s paradise. Because mosquitoes are cold-blooded, they need the heat and humidity to regulate their internal body temperature. Therefore, the likelihood of having a mosquito problem is much greater in humid regions.

Getting rid of mosquitoes

Warm summer nights are perfect for family dinners, ice cream with your friends and BBQs with the neighbors. While it might seem impossible to keep these unwanted guests from your family plans, here are a few solutions to help keep mosquitoes at bay.

Mosquito Repellent

Many people turn to citronella candles to help fend off mosquitoes while trying to enjoy time outside. However, one would need to burn a significant quantity of citronella to effectively overwhelm a mosquito's senses. If you’re wanting to spend quality time without these pests, you’re better off using a good-quality mosquito repellent.

DIY Mosquito Control

While a DIY mosquito treatment may seem like an inexpensive, effective option, it would likely take a lot of trial-and-error to find the best solution for your space. You may even end up having to purchase more than one type of treatment to find the one that works for you. A DIY mosquito treatment is less likely to eliminate the infestation, meaning that you’ll only have more headaches later on. With that being said, it’s best to look into a professional treatment if you have a mosquito infestation.

Professional Treatments

One of the biggest advantages of hiring a professional is the skillset and tools they can offer. These services typically target immature mosquitoes as well as the adults, which makes it less likely they will return. TruGreen Mosquito Defense, backed by TruGreen’s Mosquito Defense Guarantee, uses an innovative mosquito control formula to effectively target mosquitoes where they live and can help control the population in 24 hours. 

With the combination of a professional treatment and keeping your space free from standing water, you will be able to enjoy your outdoor space in peace.  

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