Memorial Day marked the unofficial beginning of summer—and the onset of mosquito season. Cold-blooded mosquitoes thrive in balmy temperatures and can get dangerously out of hand without proper management. To limit the impact of mosquitoes during summer travel and activities, SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, recommends the following ecologically sustainable, preventative, and proactive measures to homeowners, landowners, golf
Eliminate breeding habitats
Throughout her six- to eight-week lifespan, a female mosquito will lay about 300 eggs, often in standing or stagnant water. Clearing gutters, picking up litter and emptying buckets and small outdoor containers can help decrease the number of available habitats for mosquitoes to reproduce and thrive.
Circulate stagnant lakes and ponds
In aquatic environments such as lakes, ponds and stormwater basins, the introduction of aeration can help consistently circulate warm stagnant water and help create unfit mosquito breeding grounds.
Treat undesirable aquatic plants
Stagnant water pockets in ponds can also be eliminated through the removal of cattails and non-beneficial vegetation, which can be identified and remedied by a pond management professional.
Stocking a lake or pond annually with Fathead
Plant vegetation that attracts dragonflies
Dragonflies can feed on hundreds of larvae and full-grown mosquitoes each day. The introduction of natural, beneficial vegetation around your pond, like blue flag iris, pickerelweed, arrow arum, arrowhead, spatterdock, lizard’s tail, and various types of rushes and sedges can help attract
Integrate sustainable biological larvicides
If the above natural proactive management methods aren’t making enough of an impact on pesky mosquito populations, a safe EPA-approved biological larvicide formulated from beneficial bacteria can be used.
Consider a proactive comprehensive management plan
An Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) program uses science,
“Besides causing an annoying itch, mosquitoes are responsible for the spread of dangerous vector-borne diseases, including West Nile virus,
Mosquitoes are not just a threat to outdoor recreation; they can spread harmful and potentially deadly diseases that pose a serious risk to public health. But there are many simple, natural and effective ways to limit and prevent their impact on your outdoor activities. Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, take some time to prepare for a mosquito problem before mid-summer hits—your bare skin will thank you.
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