As summer approaches you are probably crawling out of your skin to get outside and enjoy pure Michigan. But the summer itch is more literal than you might think. Hordes of hungry mosquitoes will hatch in Michigan this summer and descend on any gathering, weeding, barbecue, or camping trip you may have planned. When you start planning your outdoor events or going to your up north cabin, keep mosquito control in mind. Northern Michigan’s woods are teaming with mosquitoes and some can even carry mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, Dengue Fever, and EEE. If you want to defend your yard and protect yourself from biting mosquitoes this summer follow these essential mosquito control tips for Michiganders.
Here in Michigan we love to sleep with our windows open when the nights are cool. Everyone enjoys the relaxing chirping of crickets and croaking of spring peepers. But if your screens are just the slightest bit damaged they can become entryways for invading mosquitoes. You will wake up in the morning with bites you never knew you had. That’s no fun. To make sure mosquitoes don’t try to feed on you or your family at night make sure all your window and door screens are in good repair.
Have you heard the expression, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”? This is true when it comes to mosquitoes. Natural predators are great at eliminating the mosquito threat in your yard and give them something to look out for.
Birds: Many birds enjoy feeding on mosquitoes either in flight or in the water. The most efficient among these birds are purple martins and swallows who can swoop through the air and catch them mid-flight.
Bats: Bats may be creepy but they make excellent mosquito catchers. Instead of relying on their sight they use echolocation to pinpoint these tiny insects in the black of night. Put up some bat houses to attract these night-time hunters.
Fish: If you have a pond it could become a mosquito breeding area in no time at all. But if you have your ponds and water features populated with fish, frogs, turtles, or even guppies, they will all eat mosquito larvae before they have a chance to mature to adults. Not only do they help eliminate mosquitoes, but it also provides food for your water friends.
As mentioned above, mosquitoes love to lay their eggs in sources of water. It’s not just your water features you have to worry about. Anything that can hold more than a tablespoon of water could potentially become a mosquito breeding area. Take a look around your yard and eliminate any sources of standing water that are left over after a storm. This can go a long way in reducing the mosquito population in your yard.
When mosquitos won’t leave you and your family alone, call the pros at Go Green Lawn Care. Our experts have years of experience battling nasty mosquitos. Without the mosquito control program we can eliminate mosquito breeding and hiding areas.
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