Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Standing Water?


Have you ever noticed that some homes and locations seem to attract more mosquitoes than others during the summertime? The answer might be standing water, and since mosquitoes carry deadly diseases, just a little bit of water can be a big problem for your family.

Why Mosquitoes Are Attracted to Standing Water

Water is necessary for mosquito eggs to hatch into larvae, so the female mosquitoes scout out a moist location to lay her eggs. The larvae, called wigglers, feed on organic matter in stagnant water and breathe oxygen from the surface. That’s why eliminating standing water is one of the simplest and most effective forms of mosquito control.

Sources of Standing Water

Water can collect in many parts of your yard so you need to be diligent in your efforts to keep things dry. Some common sources of standing water are:

Bird Baths – Bird baths are very common places for mosquitoes to lay eggs because they are relatively undisturbed.

Landscape Ponds – If you have a pond that does not have any fish or fountain, it can be prone to mosquitoes.

Tires and Garbage – Even just a small amount of water in the indentations of tires and garbage can be enough to attract mosquitoes.

Poor Drainage – If any part of your yard doesn’t drain water well, it can attract mosquitoes.

Clogged Gutters – Clogged gutters may hold on to rain for days.

Don’t Let Mosquitoes Ruin Your Summer.

Your local pest pros at ExtermPRO are mosquito experts. We have the tools to keep your yard and family safe from mosquitoes this summer. Call us today at 571-620-1168 for a free quote.

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