The hot and humid summers of Louisiana have returned. Here in the Pelican State there is so much to do outdoors. From boating and fishing to bar hopping and enjoying late night street food, New Orleans has plenty to do. But we aren’t the only ones enjoying all these great places. Wherever we go, there are annoying mosquitoes trying to ruin our fun. There may not be much you can do when you’re out and about, but there are steps you can take to control mosquitoes in your own yard. With mosquito control in New Orleans, you can make your yard a mosquito-free zone.
The first step to mosquito control is to get to know your enemy. A mosquito goes through four stages in its life cycle: Egg, Larva, Pupa, and Adult.
Egg: A mosquito’s life cycle begins with the egg. They are laid in bunches, called rafts, that float on the surface of standing water. Some species can lay up to 200 eggs at one time. Eggs can hatch within 48 hours.
Larva: At the larval stage, mosquitoes spend their time swimming in the water they were deposited. Mosquito larvae feed on microorganisms and organic matter in the water as they develop. They will remain here until they have molted four times.
Pupa: Once in the pupa stage mosquitos are more mobile. This is the time you can easily spot them swimming around in your rain barrels or any other standing water. This stage only lasts two days before the pupa matures into an adult mosquito.
Adult: Before the adult mosquito can fly, it has to dry its wings. Once their wings are dry, the adults take to the air where they look for a mate. The females look for a source of blood to nourish her eggs which they lay in marshes, swamps, or any form of standing water.
Mosquitos can be really annoying here in New Orleans. By disrupting their life cycle, you can effectively control these pests before they get out of control. Effective mosquito prevention will bring down the mosquito population in your yard.
As we learned above, mosquitoes only lay their eggs in standing water. By eliminating standing water, you will remove mosquito breeding areas. It sounds easy, but once you think about all the places that can hold water, it makes your head spin. The best thing to do is to comb through your yard for anything that can retain water. That includes: rain barrels, birdbaths, tarps, flower pots, low spots, rotting stumps, gutters, and more.
A lot of us have water features as part of our landscapes. Don’t fold to these nasty bugs and drain your beautiful water features. There are several ways you can defend them from mosquitoes trying to turn them into a nursery.
Fish: Perfect for ponds, fish love to feed on the larvae of mosquitoes and are pleasant to look at.
Chlorine: Swimming pools should be well-maintained with proper chemicals to kill bacteria and mosquito larvae.
Larvicide: Mosquito dunks and other products can safely be placed in standing water and animal waters to prevent mosquitoes from entering the final stage in their life cycle.
If want the best protection from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases then you need professional mosquito control from TruGreen MidSouth. We offer monthly applications during peak season and one-time applications for weddings and graduations. For mosquito control in New Orleans, call TruGreen Midsouth.