The Trick To Keeping Mosquitoes Away From Your Moline Yard

mosquito on a red and yellow flower

The fall season will soon be here when the air becomes cool and less humid, and the tree leaves turn beautiful colors. Late summer and early fall provide the perfect setting for relaxing on the porch with a big glass of iced tea. The only thing that can ruin a taste of paradise on your Moline property is mosquitoes.

If you are cutting short your time in the yard due to an infestation of mosquitoes on your property, you need the local Moline pest control team from Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators.

How To Identify A Mosquito

There are many bugs that look like mosquitoes but aren't like crane flies, midges, mayflies, fungus gnats, dance flies, and wood gnats. The following will help distinguish mosquitoes from other insects:

  • Proboscis: This is the organ mosquitoes use to draw blood from the victim. The beak-like body part extends out and forwards from the mouthparts.

  • Body: When resting, the body of a female mosquito resembles a humpback.

  • Wings: Mosquito wings are longer than their body and scale-covered creating fringe-looking edges.

Another way to identify mosquitoes is the habitat. Mosquitoes breed in areas with standing water, and once they become adults, they usually stay within 200 yards of their breeding grounds. If you notice an abundance of mystery insects around drainage ditches, retaining ponds, ponds, and other locations with standing water, the insects are likely mosquitoes.

The Dangerous Diseases Mosquitoes Are Known To Spread

When a mosquito feeds on infected hosts, the mosquito then becomes a carrier of the disease. There are many diseases you can get from mosquitoes, such as the West Nile virus, dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, and eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

According to the World Health Organization, one million deaths occur annually from diseases caused by mosquitoes. Worldwide, the deadliest disease is malaria, but thankfully it is treatable in our country. Although there have been news stories about the Zika virus, mosquitoes in the United States do not transmit it. Zika virus reports involve those who travel to the tropics where they contract the virus via mosquitoes.

Although mosquitoes are vectors for disease, most mosquitoes do not transmit disease. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that only 12 mosquito species in the United States spread bacteria, viruses, and parasitic worms. While we need to prevent a mosquito infestation on our Moline properties, we need not panic every time we get a mosquito bite.

Five Naturally Effective Mosquito Prevention Tips For Your Yard

To keep you from battling mosquitoes when you go outside your Moline home, here are five of the best ways to keep mosquitoes out of the yard:

  1. Remove moisture trapping debris like leaf and wood piles in shady areas.

  2. Create proper drainage for ditches and low-lying areas in the yard to prevent standing water.

  3. Change water in bird baths weekly.

  4. Eliminate items that accumulate water like old tires, unused children's playsets, plant trays, and other associated items.

  5. Circulate water in swimming pools.

To get rid of mosquitoes, eliminate standing water on your property. If you live in a neighborhood with a retention pond, talk to your HOA about stocking the pond with mosquito-eating fish.

The Most Effective Mosquito Control For Your Yard

The previously listed steps will help reduce the mosquito problem in your Moline yard. However, you will still battle mosquitoes without a mosquito control service like Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators. The key to effective mosquito control is the elimination of their eggs. Our professionals will apply a plant-friendly spray to areas in your yard where mosquitoes breed and lay eggs. An additional benefit of our mosquito treatments is the reduction of fleas and ticks!

Contact us today and schedule a free inspection today.

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