Mosquito season is approaching in Massachusetts. As the days will get warmer, mosquito activity will increase. Every pest is annoying but mosquitoes are high on that list. Their buzzing is annoying and their biting causes red bumps that itch. On top of that, mosquito bites can also cause diseases like West Nile Virus and  Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Give Summer is Approaching. Beware of these Deadly Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Massachusetts!  a read to know more about these diseases. 

Preventing mosquito infestation is important to protect you and your family from discomfort and diseases. For that, it's important to know how it all starts. What attracts mosquitoes to your home? How do they reproduce? And what conditions are met for them to infest your home or surroundings? 

First, let’s see below some common places where mosquitoes find it ideal to make their nests;

  • Stagnant ponds/lakes/water bodies make for the best nesting places for mosquitoes to nest. Mosquitoes lay their eggs on the floating vegetation. 

  • Clogged drains and shallow ditches with stagnant water are another favorite for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. 

  • Containers like flower pots, buckets, tires, bird baths, and other items that can collect rainwater are other places where mosquitoes find it easy to breed.

  • Abandoned or neglected swimming pools can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes if they accumulate stagnant water.

  • Areas with poor drainage or overwatered lawns can create pockets of standing water, which may attract mosquitoes.

The one thing common in mosquito breeding is stagnant water. Female mosquitoes typically lay their eggs in standing water, and the larvae develop in the aquatic environment before emerging as adults. 

Primarily, mosquito infestation can be prevented by:

  • Emptying the containers surrounding your home

  • Ensure that gutters and downspouts are clean and functioning correctly

  • If you have a swimming pool, ensure it is properly maintained and treated with appropriate chemicals to prevent mosquito breeding.

How to keep mosquitoes from entering your home?

  • Install screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home

  • Close doors and windows at dusk and dawn

  • Seal cracks, gaps, or opening points using caulk or weatherstripping

  • Mosquitoes are attracted to light. Use dim outdoor lighting, and consider using yellow-toned bug lights, which are less attractive to mosquitoes

If you find mosquitoes even after following these things, there might be an underlying cause for which you need to contact pest control services. The best pest control expert out there is RidAway. They are state-licensed and industry-certified, use biologically friendly pesticides that leave your home safe to return to, and provide quick solutions to urgent problems. Their work is guaranteed so you can rest assured the problem will be dealt with effectively, and they periodically visit your home to ensure there are no invaders.

For a quick solution to an urgent intrusion, RidAway is ready to come to your rescue.