Ever wonder why mosquitoes always seem to be around ponds, marshes, and wherever else water is found nearby? The answer is that mosquitoes require a source of stagnant water to breed and lay their eggs. Once eggs are in the water, they can hatch into larvae and eventually develop into adult mosquitoes. The key to preventing this from occurring then is to, of course, kill the mosquito larvae before they develop! A mosquito population constantly grows and develops, which is why it’s crucial to put a stop to the life cycle.
The experts at The Bug Man are here to help you learn more about safely killing mosquito larvae—read on to learn more!
Where is Mosquito Larvae in My Yard?
After a female mosquito bites someone, she is able to lay her eggs in water. It is from there that mosquito eggs will hatch and develop into larvae. The larvae can be found in a number of areas in your yard. Some of the most common mosquito breeding sites include:
- Pools and spas
- Gutters and puddles
- Garden planters
- Childrens’ playsets
Natural Ways to Kill Mosquito Larvae
The key to getting rid of mosquitoes is getting rid of their breeding grounds. This makes it important to cover any source of standing water in your yard, or to regularly tip out water that pools up. There are also a few all-natural ways you can discourage mosquito larvae from developing properly. Some of the things you can add to water to kill mosquito larvae include:
- Dish soap or shampoo: Liquid soap is known to effectively kill mosquito larvae. Just a millimeter of dish soap in a gallon of standing water will kill off the larvae.
- Oil: Olive oil and vegetable oil will get rid of mosquito eggs and larvae almost immediately. However, you should not put any oils in a pond where fish live or a birdbath.
- Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar works to get rid of mosquito larvae in small amounts of water. Add enough apple cider vinegar so that it makes up about 15% of the total liquid.
Mosquito Prevention Services
If you’ve tried to get rid of mosquito larvae to no avail, it may be time to enlist your local mosquito control experts for help. At The Bug Man, our specialists will pinpoint and target all mosquito breeding grounds around your home. We will work hard to prevent mosquitoes before they hatch. Contact us today to get started!
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