Mosquitoes in the east valley are typically attracted to areas with standing water, as this is where they lay their eggs and develop into adults. Mosquitoes can breed in even small amounts of standing water, such as in plant saucers, bird baths, or clogged gutters.
Additionally, mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk, when temperatures are cooler, so you may be more likely to encounter them during these times. Mosquitoes are also attracted to carbon dioxide, which is exhaled by humans and animals, so being outdoors can also increase your chances of being bitten.
To reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home, it’s important to eliminate any standing water and take steps to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your yard. This may include:
- Emptying and cleaning plant saucers, bird baths, and other containers that collect water
- Keeping gutters clear of debris to prevent water from pooling
- Treating swimming pools and hot tubs with appropriate chemicals
- Using screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home
- Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, and using insect repellent when spending time outdoors during peak mosquito activity times
- Add a monthly mosquito fogging treatment from APC to your regular pest control service plan during mosquito season (March-October)
By taking these steps, you can help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and minimize your risk of being bitten.