If you’re like most people, you don’t even think about mosquito control until the hot weather arrives. However, the real mosquito season begins much earlier. Mosquitoes will appear whenever the temperature rises above 50°F – it doesn’t matter if it’s spring, summer, winter or fall. As a result, your mosquito control efforts should be a year-round effort and that should start with proper mosquito trap placement.
When Do Mosquitoes Lay Eggs, and When Do Mosquitoes Hatch?
A mosquito begins its life as an egg laid by a female mosquito in standing water. Many mosquito species will begin to lay a batch of 200-300 eggs whenever the temperature reaches the 50°F level. This can even include surprise warm-spells in the winter.
When temperatures are at their ideal, mosquito eggs will hatch into larvae within 48 hours, then move on to the pupae and adult stages. Depending on the species and temperature, the cycle from egg to adult is usually completed in 10-14 days. Mosquito breeding tends to become more prolific in warmer weather.
How do we get new mosquitoes every spring? Most species lay a batch of eggs at the end of the season that survives the winter and hatches when conditions improve.
The Importance of Early Mosquito Trap Placement
Using a Mosquito Magnet® CO2 mosquito trap will help to disrupt the mosquito breeding cycle in your area and dramatically reduce the mosquito population on your property throughout the normal mosquito season.
While the trap will begin to lure, capture and kill mosquitoes immediately, it takes approximately four weeks to break the breeding cycle. To take full advantage of your CO2 mosquito trap, have it in place before temperatures hit 50°F. Once the temperatures stay consistently above 50°F, turn your trap on an let it do its work.
Where to Place your CO2 Mosquito Trap
Mosquito Magnet® has designed its CO2 mosquito traps to attract mosquitoes and other biting insects, which, in turn, keeps them away from you, your family and your pets. With that in mind:
- Place your trap in an open area that’s away from vegetation and other obstructions.
- Place your trap between you and standing water, such as a pond or marsh.
- Place your trap between you and heavy vegetation, such as a meadow or stand of trees.
- Place your trap away from heavily populated areas, including households, schools and outdoor businesses.
- Place your trap in a shaded area.
- Place your trap upwind of a known (or suspected) mosquito breeding area.
- Place your trap in a high spot on your property, but not too high.
For more ideas on how trap placement works, check out the interactive Mosquito Magnet® Placement Assistant.
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Where NOT to Place your CO2 Mosquito Trap
Your mosquito trap produces a scent and thermal signature that attracts the mosquitoes from a distance. To make this bait work properly, you need to follow the rules of trap placement. With that in mind:
- Don’t place your trap under or on a deck.
- Don’t place your trap in a home, shed, garage, barn or other closed structure.
- Don’t place your trap behind a retaining wall.
- Don’t place your trap in a low spot.
- Don’t place your trap on your roof.
- Don’t place your trap in thick vegetation.
- Don’t place your trap in water.
Useful Mosquito Fighting Tips
Proper mosquito trap placement will greatly enhance the bug-catching benefits provided by your Mosquito Magnet®. Still, you can do even more to curb the mosquito population, including:
- Inspecting your property for unexpected wet areas.
- Emptying containers that hold water.
- Removing unneeded objects and trash that may hold water after a rain.
- Circulating stagnant water that collects in ponds, water troughs, food dishes and bird baths.
Should You Move Your Trap?
Your trap may need to be moved as conditions change on your property. Here are some things to consider:
- As the weather gets hotter and you and your family begin to spend more time outdoors, you may need to place your trap in a new location.
- Choose a spot between the breeding ground and the areas where people gather on your property, keeping it at least 30-40 feet away from areas where you expect a lot of human activity (adjusting its placement a few days before your big Fourth of July barbecue is a good idea).
- Mosquitoes are not fond of direct sunlight, so pick a spot that remains shaded during the heat of the day (this shaded area may change as trees develop and then lose their leaves).
- Mosquitoes travel upwind in search of a meal, so if the wind patterns are known to shift in your region, you may need to move your trap from time to time to ensure it remains upwind from the breeding area.
Help from Mosquito Magnet®
Use this information about mosquito breeding and mosquito trap placement to keep flying pests away, from the start of the season until the end! You can learn even more about these annoying insects by joining Mosquito Magnet® on Facebook.
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