The fall season means shorter days and longer nights. But unlike summer, you can enjoy (most) fall evenings in your backyard without needing bug spray. Ever wonder what happens to these pests in the fall? Today, Nixa Lawn Service explains.
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Here in Missouri, there are approximately 50 species of mosquitoes. They can be broadly divided into two groups. Floodwater mosquitoes lay their eggs on damp soil where a flood will occur or in other small bodies of water. Permanent water mosquitoes place their eggs directly on the surface of the water.
Among all species, the females are the only mosquitoes that bite. They bite so they can reap the blood meal that they require to lay eggs. Sometimes diseases are spread through the bites of mosquitoes, such as yellow fever and malaria in humans, and heartworm in dogs.
What Mosquitoes Do in the Fall
The autumn habits of mosquitoes vary depending on the species. Early fall is still breeding season for many of these buzzing pests. Mosquitoes are less active when the temperature is consistently in the 40s and below. However, their life cycle continues even during the colder months.
Very cold temperatures indicate the end of the biting. With certain species, the eggs or adults endure the temperatures by overwintering. In other species, the adults die while the immature eggs wait to continue developing until the spring. Overall, most mosquitoes spend the fall preparing for the long winter ahead.
Mosquitoes can mate in small, swampy areas of water, including household trash, rain puddles, old tires, tin cans, and piles of leaves. They love places where still water could last for several days. Here are some tips to control mosquito populations and reduce the chances of disease transmission:
- Clean your gutters
- Fix any leaky pipes or faucets outside
- Remove standing water in birdbaths, flowerpots, and small containers
- Remove piles of leaves
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Seasonal Lawn Care Service in Springfield, MO
Now that you know how to keep the mosquitoes away, it’s time to remove the leaves from your lawn. Leaves can prevent your yard from draining properly, which can lead to standing water and may create a breeding ground for pests and bacteria. Don’t wait until it’s too late. If you live in the Springfield area, call (417) 724-0318 to schedule our seasonal lawn care service. We’ll have your lawn looking neat and healthy again. Contact Nixa Lawn Service today!