Mosquitoes and other insects can be very annoying. This is especially true during the summer. They can easily ruin a picnic, outdoor gathering, or any number of outdoor sports.
Before you start exterminating all of the mosquitoes in your yard, you need to know the most common places where these insects like to hang out. Knowing where they live and reproduce will allow you to take direct action in these areas to kill as many pests as possible in one go – and with minimal effort.
Beware of Standing Water
Mosquitoes are the most active during the summer season and they need warm weather to live and reproduce. Mosquitoes lay eggs into the water and they prefer non-moving water. So, the first areas to look for mosquitoes are those with quiet, still water.
A lot of different places around your yard can hold still water, from puddles to cisterns and even pools. Since they usually have a wide variety of areas with still water available, mosquitoes can choose the area that is best suited for the weather conditions. For example, in dry summers, insects will choose larger water tanks that won’t dry out. In wetter conditions, the insects will lay their eggs in puddles or smaller water buckets. When it’s cold outside, they can stay in clogged rain gutters around the house for warmth.
The Most Common Places to Find Mosquitoes
All of these areas can produce a huge number of mosquitoes in less than a week. The areas where mosquitoes can live and reproduce are practically unlimited. But don’t give up! You can at least check the most common areas and get rid of the majority of these annoying insects for a couple of days by getting rid of the still water and their eggs with it.
Mosquitoes like to stay around vegetation. So, the closer you are to bushes, trees, and other vegetation, the higher the odds that mosquitoes are going to be nearby. Mosquitoes can be found in vegetation such as:
- grass, and
Believe it or not, mosquitoes really like tree holes filled with rainwater. Mosquitoes use these rain-filled holes to lay their eggs since the water there is still.
Natural Areas with Standing Water
A few natural areas where you will find swarms of mosquitoes include:
- lawns, and
- gardens with standing water.
If you live near an area with a natural source of standing water such as swamp, you’ll know how much mosquitoes prefer these areas. There is practically no way to control mosquitoes in swampy areas but you can get rid of most of them at least for a day or two by using a mosquito fogger.
Artificial Areas with Standing Water
Mosquitoes not only prefer small places filled with water like buckets but also larger areas with standing water like outdoor baths and pools. This is why you must use chlorinated water in pools and change the water frequently.
Another common location to find mosquitoes is rain gutters, specifically clogged rain gutters. These are the perfect place for mosquitoes to hide and reproduce. Clogged rain gutters hold still water for a long period of time, which gets heated by the sun.
Keep in mind that mosquitoes can also use other types of surfaces on the roof of the house that can collect water and store it for longer periods of time.
Buckets and Cans
If you have a backyard or garden, there is a chance that there are bins such as buckets and cans in your yard. These are some of the most common water collecting places for mosquitoes to live in. These kinds of items may include:
- metal or plastic trash cans,
- pots for plants and flowers,
- areas with water-proof materials like plastic or rubber,
- old tires, and
- water dishes for pets.
These are just a few examples of objects around your yard that mosquitoes could use for laying their eggs. Walk around your yard and keep a lookout for other places that could hold water for a long time. These areas will probably be crowded with small insects.
Now that you know more about where to find mosquitoes, it’s time to make your plan for mosquito treatment. There are a lot of options out there for you to choose from. It’s important to get rid of the mosquitoes’ home before you start wasting chemicals, though.