Please be sure to read the product label of any insecticide you choose to use to get information on the personal protective safety gear you will need. In most situations, it is recommended that you wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, closed toe shoes with socks, chemical resistant gloves, and goggles. In areas where ventilation is poor, a manufacturer may recommend you wear a mask or a respirator. We have put together two different safety kits that will make selecting the correct safety gear easier for you.
In most cases you will already know if mosquitoes are a problem on your property and you will not need to search for them, they will happily find you. You can however find the areas where immature mosquitoes, known as larva, are harboring. By finding and treating or eliminating mosquito eggs in these areas you can greatly reduce the mosquito population on your property.
Check Spots Where Water Collects
Mosquitoes require water to breed and lay eggs. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in clusters called "rafts" or singly on the surface of the water. After the eggs hatch, the immature mosquitoes swim down into the water and this stage of the mosquito life cycle is completely aquatic. The water needed to lay eggs can be a lake, pond or even a neglected pet dish left outdoors. A careful inspection of your property can help you identify the areas where water is conducive to the mosquitoes life cycle. You will need to look for places where rain water can gather:
Ornamental fountains or ponds
Debris filled gutters
Animal drinking water receptacles
Abandoned or neglected swimming pools or hot tubs
Deep hollows in trees
Any item that can hold water for extended periods of time
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