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A little rain now means lots of mosquitoes later...

There’s is no denying the West Chester, Newtown Square and Mainline, PA, areas have experienced their fair share of wet weather lately. In addition, the region has seen cooler-than-usual temperatures for the season almost reminiscent of fall. This type of weather is great for our seasonal flowers, plants and grass, but spells trouble for those looking to enjoy time outdoors because standing water from recent rains has created the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The inevitable arrival of warmer weather is upon us after many rainy days. With this in mind, residents are finally able to enjoy all the seasonal outdoor living activities they love with one caveat; moisture and warm weather equals lots of mosquitoes. 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 that may hold water or make sure they are replacing the water often in items such as bird baths.

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As we pointed out in our recent article, A Frightening Equation: How ONE Female Mosquito Can Spawn Billions In Your Chester Or Delaware County Backyard, one female mosquito can spawn over one billion mosquitoes in just four short weeks within an untreated backyard. This means it is imperative to regularly inspect your property, especially following periods of rain. Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties provides a checklist of common sense practices to help reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on your property - we call these the 7 T’s of mosquito prevention.

  • TIP: Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water and help eliminate mosquito breeding areas. Such as sandboxes, toys, and wagons. Also, planting saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include gutter downspouts and flat roofs.
  • TOSS: Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yard as these areas are ripe for mosquito breeding.
  • TURN: Turn over large yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
  • TARPS/REMOVE: If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats, or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water. Remove them or keep them pulled tight. Unused tarps should be folded and stored under a roof or inside.
  • TAKE CARE: Take care of home maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water. Areas where water pools, such as near faucets or water spouts, leaking irrigation systems, clogged gutters, all of these places offer a breeding haven for mosquitoes.
  • TEAM UP: Despite taking all precautions in and around your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property. In addition, Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties offers discounts for neighbors that team up in creating a mosquito-free atmosphere on their street or in their cul-de-sac.
  • TREAT: Our barrier treatment program along with these common sense practices reduces mosquito breeding areas on your property and help eliminate mosquitoes. Our barrier treatment eliminates mosquitoes that are present on your property and prevents more from taking up residence for up to 21 days. By reducing the number of mosquitoes on your treated property, you can literally eliminate billions of mosquitoes this season — rain or shine!. Not only will eliminating these mosquitoes offer you the freedom and peace of mind to enjoy the outdoors, it will also reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard that could potentially be carrying disease.

Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties has the perfect solution for your mosquito control needs. Along with our traditional barrier treatment, we also offer essential oil-based mosquito control and convenient mosquito misting systems. Contact us today to learn more at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

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