Warm weather brings mosquitoes to your Northern New Jersey landscape. Although you can’t stop mother nature, you can protect your home, family and pets with natural mosquito control.
A landscape company that provides outdoor pest control services can help you mosquito-proof your yard during spring and summer months this year.
The Importance of Mosquito Control
Mosquitoes not only ruin spring and summer outdoor activities, but they also pose serious health threats for your family and pets.
Mosquito bites cause redness, swelling, itching, hives and allergic reactions in some people, and expose dogs to the risks of heart worms that cause serious illness, even death.
However, major health concerns are related to mosquito-borne illnesses in humans like Dengue Virus, West Nile Virus, Malaria and Zika Virus that has now increased in the U.S.
In 2012, the World Health Organization and Environmental Protection Agency estimated that 300 million people worldwide are infected with mosquito-borne illnesses each year.
In 2016, Northern NJ had a warmer-than-usual winter, allowing mosquitoes to lay their eggs weeks ahead of normal breeding time.
According to the New Jersey Public Health Department, many mosquitoes hatched in late winter instead of early spring due to the heat.
The Asian tiger mosquito, common to Bergen County, reportedly hatched in early March and April. This type of mosquito has been reported to transmit Zika Virus, so natural mosquito control is essential to prevent potential serious health risks.
Although mosquitoes are a natural occurrence during warm weather in most areas of the country, proper prevention goes a long way in eliminating them from your landscape.
Mosquito prevention should include regular lawn care and maintenance, organic lawn care with natural mosquito control and an outdoor pest management program for your home.
Regular Lawn Care and Maintenance
Mosquitoes feast on plant nectar when they are looking for blood, so they spend a lot of time in tall grasses and around plants and shrubs.
Mosquitoes like a place to hang out during the heat of the day, and heavy vegetation provides a perfect spot. Overgrowth is cooler and damper, so mosquitoes often rest on long grass and leafy plants that are overgrown.
By hiring a landscape professional for regular lawn care and maintenance, you can reduce the mosquito population in your yard. Regular lawn care and maintenance services typically include:
- Weekly lawn mowing
- Regular weeding
- Border edging
- Cleaning of driveways and walkways
- Spring yard cleanup
- Fall yard cleanup
Keeping your yard mowed and well-maintained on a regular basis will help with mosquito prevention.
Spring and fall yard cleanups will eliminate debris in the yard. Yard debris like excessive grass clippings, piles of dry or wet leaves, twigs and fallen tree limbs and branches provide perfect places for mosquito breeding, so you should get them out of your yard as soon as possible.
Organic Lawn Care
Organic lawn care provides a healthy way to keep your lawn green and keep mosquitoes out of your landscape.
Completely natural, organic solutions will provide a safe, chemical-free outdoor environment for your family and pets.
Organic lawn care will promote healthy, green living principles and strong, healthy grass and plants.
Mosquitoes have a life cycle with four stages – egg, larvae, pupa and adult. The first three stages all occur in water, and without water, they can’t reproduce.
After a mosquito eats a blood meal, leaving you with an itchy red bump caused by an allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva, it searches for water to lay eggs.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it takes about two weeks for an adult mosquito to emerge. By using organic lawn care and natural mosquito control, you can build a natural, eco-friendly outdoor environment that helps to kill mosquitoes in the early stages.
Organic care is available for your lawn, as well as your plants, shrubs and trees where mosquitoes often rest. Talk to a qualified, Bergen County lawn care professional about the many benefits of organic lawn care for your Northern NJ home.
For best year-round results, applications are typically done in the spring, summer and fall.
Integrated Pest Management Program
There’s a variety of over-the-counter mosquito controls, but most provide only temporary mosquito prevention.
For best long-term protection, you need an Integrated Pest Management Program with natural mosquito control solutions for your home.
For maximum mosquito protection, you need regular treatments for your lawn, plants, shrubs and trees where mosquitoes typically hide. Lawn and garden permethrin-based insecticides provide low-toxicity and odorless benefits, but they don’t provide adequate prevention, especially if you have a dense landscape or a yard with a swimming pool or spa.
Talk to a Bergen County landscape professional about the benefits of an Integrated Pest Management Program for year-round protection from mosquitoes, as well as a variety of other outdoor pests.
An Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) is a pest control approach that uses natural mosquito control and pest control for your landscape.
IPM prevents many outdoor pests, including mosquitoes, and promotes a safe outdoor environment for your home.
If you have existing pest problems and damages, an IPM can help identify the pests and provide proper pest control solutions to prevent further damage.
In addition to regular lawn care and maintenance, an Integrated Pest Management Program can provide specialty treatments that prevent outdoor pests year-round.
IPM specialty treatments include:
- Winter protection treatments
- Organic root feedings
- Organic mosquito, flea and tick control
- Organic deer repellent
- Other special treatments as needed
A professional landscape service in NJ that provides IPM services can help to change the balance of pests in your landscape by eliminating plants, weeds and debris that attract them.
It can also provide proper irrigation to prevent standing water that attracts many biting insects like gnats, flies and mosquitoes to your home.
With professional lawn and landscape care and pest-resistant varieties of plants, shrubs and trees, you can create a natural, healthy balance between plants and outdoor insects and pests.
Professional IPM services you will typically receive:
- Regular site visits by an IPM specialist throughout the year
- Regular property inspections to check for diseases, insects and outdoor pests
- Regular reports that show inspection results
- Recommendations for pest control treatments to eliminate problems
DIY Mosquito Prevention Tips
In addition to regular lawn care and maintenance, natural mosquito control and an Integrated Pest Management Program, you can help prevent mosquitoes in your landscape with these DIY tips:
- Eliminate all standing water in your lawn, landscape and areas around your home. Mosquitoes can breed in less than one inch of standing water and hatch within seven to ten days.
- Change the water in wading pools, planters, bird baths outdoor pet bowls regularly.
- Use a natural bacterium in outdoor ponds, fountains and streams. It kills mosquito larvae, but is non-toxic to people and fish.
- Keep your gutters clean. Clogged gutters or gutters that don’t drain properly are common breeding sites for mosquitoes.
- Check your garden hoses and sprinklers regularly to prevent leaks, lawn over-watering and standing water.
- Clean out your swimming pool and spa regularly and keep covers clean and dry.
- Create ornamental ponds with goldfish and guppies that feed on mosquitoes.
- Choose landscape plants that provide natural mosquito control. Lemon balm and rose-scented geraniums contain citronella and natural oils that repel mosquitoes. Catnip contains an essential oil called nepatalactone which is 10 times more effective for mosquito control than DEET. Mosquitoes also avoid lavender, marigolds, basil and peppermint.
To protect your family and pets from mosquitoes, talk to the landscape professionals at Borst Landscape & Design about natural mosquito control for your home.