Mosquitoes multiply rapidly and prefer laying their eggs near or within water. Most mosquito eggs hatch within 24-48 hours and this cycle will continue as long as the conditions are right. Just a small amount of water is needed for mosquitoes to reproduce. Even items as small as soda cap can be enough water for mosquitoes to lay their eggs in. It is important for residents to walk around their property and remove any items and address any areas that may hold water to prevent propagation.
If you have followed our Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South blog for any amount of time you are ahead of the game when it comes to mosquito awareness. We have written about areas that may serve as potential mosquito breeding grounds and the importance of regular inspection and eradication many times. We even have a page on our website dedicated to this subject titled The 7 T’s of Mosquito Control. We developed this page so residents could use it as a handy checklist to spot and address areas to minimize your yard’s propensity for mosquito breeding.
In addition to the 7 T’s listed, we want to make Weymouth, Canton and Hingham-area residents aware that there may be hidden mosquito breeding areas lurking around their homes and within their property that are not on the list…
Corrugated Gutter Extensions
Not only is it important to make sure gutters are installed properly and maintained to ensure they don’t clog or become filled with debris, if you use gutter extensions or troughs, these can harbor water and lead to mosquito infestations. Gutter extensions that are not installed at a proper angle can cause excess water to pool where mosquitoes can then lay eggs. Additionally, gutter extensions that are not supported properly (especially corrugated extensions) can also trap water. The very nature of corrugated pipes makes them susceptible to trapping water, too. These are used widely in yards all across the country because of their flexibility, The grooves in these plastic pipes can hold enough water to breed mosquitoes. We recommend using smooth-sided extensions to alleviate pooling water. We also recommend cleaning leaves and debris out of roof gutters to ensure that water in the extension flows freely and does not accumulate.
If you are using plastic or cement troughs to aide in downspout drainage, be sure that the trough is positioned in such a way beneath the downspout that allows water to drain freely and not accumulate. Here at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, we have seen gutter troughs installed backward by homeowners to eliminate erosion, however, doing so creates a reservoir of water perfect for mosquitoes to breed.
Planter & Flower Pots
Those colorful perennials and lush plants look amazing displayed in your outdoor, and indoor, living spaces! Those beautiful pots and planters we use to “drop” plants and flowers into may lead to stagnating and pooling moisture from watering overflows. We recommend checking containers and addressing overflow and pooling water on a regular basis.
Taking care of home and landscape maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water is key to keeping mosquitoes at bay. In addition, utilizing our mosquito barrier treatment and protection program can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property. Contact us today at (781) 297-0123 for a free mosquito and tick control consultation.
Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.