How to survive the New York Mosquito season
Three thousand Mosquito species exist worldwide and around 70 in New York State alone. Mosquitos are known to spread numerous diseases including Yellow Fever, Dengue and West Nile virus among others. In New York, 2 species are responsible for the spread of the West Nile Virus the Northern House Mosquito (Cluex Pipien) and The Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes Albopictus) a very aggressive feeder.
Tips on how to prevent and enjoy a mosquito free summer
Keeping Mosquitos away from your home, property or outdoor gathering is not at all difficult but it does require you to be very attentive and meticulous. If you’re looking to combat Mosquitos at home or on your property you can hire a reputable exterminator and remove breeding sites or search for potential breeding sites and eliminate them. One of the major problems when dealing with the Asian Tiger Mosquito is that they need very little water to lay eggs, often times a cap full of water is sufficient to breed these aggressive blood thirsty Mosquitos. Search for freestanding water and remove it if possible, if you live near a pond or lake seek the advice of a professional.
Five things you need to know to prevent Mosquitos from breeding:
- Mosquito’s will only lay eggs in standing water they will not lay eggs in moving water. The eggs will get moved with the current and if the water starts moving after they hatch the larvae will suffocate.
- Gutters, tires, buckets, toys pretty any place that has the ability to accumulate water will be a prime area for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Keeping your gutters clean and free from debris will help stop water from accumulating.
- Male and female Mosquito’s feed on nectar however, female mosquito require a blood meal to fertilize her eggs
- Dusk and dawn are primary feeding times depending on the Mosquito’s species, some like the Asian Tiger Mosquito are very aggressive and will feed throughout the day.
- Mosquitos get The West Nile virus after feeding on an infected bird, and then transmit it to the person they’re feeding on. In New York The blue jay and The American Crow are 2 of the primary birds that carry The West Nile Virus.
Four solutions to combat those annoying Mosquito’s now
- Using propane Mosquito catchers can be efficient, if the proper lure is used for the species of mosquito you are dealing with.
- Citronella candles and tiki torches with citronella oil will repel Mosquito’s and are portable so bring them along to your picnic, barbecue or set them on the table for a little preventative atmosphere. You can purchase citronella candles and oil at your local bargain store or hardware stores.
- Using plants in your garden that naturally repel Mosquito’s such as mint, lavender, will help keep them off of your property
- If you rather not use a repellent that contains chemicals such as Deet, you can use natural mint, citronella, catnip or lavender oils to make a repellent. Alternatively, by planting mint plants, citronella grass, catnip and lavender will also help repel Mosquito’s from your property.
*Something you should know about natural pesticides
A natural pesticide free product applied to your yard, shrubs, trees, plants and grass can repel Mosquitos effectively and is totally safe and environmentally friendly, however because it will be exposed to the elements, when it rains the product will become diluted and ineffective.
Be part of the Neighborhood watch
Dealing with Mosquitos is a community effort and requires the commitment and dedication of your neighbors as well you may prevent and protect your surroundings but have infiltration from nearby homes. By having everyone commit to a plan of action and keep nearby properties free of standing water, you can help put a major dent in the Mosquito population and enjoy the summer a little better.