Mosquito Control Information - How can I reduce mosquitoes?
In Your Own Backyard
By taking some preventative measures on your own property, you will notice an impact on the mosquito population. Here are our recommendations on how you can decrease these pesky bugs.
Eliminate Standing Water
In the span of four days several hundred mosquitoes can develop in only a quarter of an inch of calm water. By taking away this water you will take away mosquito’s habitat, therefore prevent them from populating.
Here are tips on how to eliminate standing water:
Use a large fan on your patio
Use a fan to create a barrier against mosquitoes: They can’t fly if it’s windy. Putting a fan up to create a breeze helps keep them at bay without chemicals.
Put a Bat Box in Your Yard
Bats eat a large number of flying insects and are the main nighttime predator of mosquitoes. A single bat can eat between 600 and 1,200 mosquitoes an hour. Entice bats into your yard by providing them with a home.
You can build your own bat box or buy one at the Rocky View County administrative building for $30.
Mosquitos are attracted to CO2. You may want to consider purchasing a CO2 trap from a local hardware store or online.
Don't Get Bit!
Mosquitoes have the potential to ruin a nice summer evening! Here are some tips that you can do to protect yourself, indoors and outdoors, against the tiny annoyances:
What is Larvaciding?
Larvaciding is the most efficient and effective means of controlling mosquitoes through targeted means. Mosquito larvae are concentrated at water surfaces, which make them at the most vulnerable stage of the mosquito life cycle. By targeting mosquito larvae, we are reducing the future presence of high adult mosquito populations.
It is important to note that this program will not eradicate all mosquitoes. It is meant to help reduce the numbers. Application of larvacide is only one component in the program. Everyone must make an effort to reduce standing water in their yards.
Sources: Rockyview County