Mosquitoes in Northern Utah May 22, 2011

Mosquito season is quickly approaching.  Since mosquitoes lay their eggs in the mud close to water sources such as rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, etc., and those eggs may survive up to ten years, the high water levels this year will likely result in an explosive mosquito population this season.  Once the temperatures turn warm these pests are going to be very active.

Mosquito abatement districts will be doing their job dealing with those lands and areas where they are contracted to control these pests.

As for individual homeowners, it is a different story.  If you are interested in a control program that goes beyond non-chemical treatment strategies, please contact us for a free consultation to reduce and control mosquito populations around your home and property

Non-chemical control tips from the EPA’s website include:

  1. Remove their habitat (where they live and breed)
    • Eliminate standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys, or any other container where mosquitoes can breed.
    • Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, and potted plant trays at least once a week to destroy potential mosquito habitats.
    • Drain or fill temporary pools of water with dirt.
    • Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.
  2. Prevent your exposure to mosquitoes
    • Use EPA-registered mosquito repellents when necessary and follow label directions and precautions closely.
    • Use head nets, long sleeves and long pants if you venture into areas with high mosquito populations, such as salt marshes.
    • If there is a mosquito-borne disease warning in effect, stay inside during the evening when mosquitoes are active.
    • Make sure window and door screens are “bug tight.”
    • Replace your outdoor lights with yellow “bug” lights which tend to attract less mosquitoes than ordinary lights. The yellow lights are NOT repellents, however.

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