If you’re like most people, you don’t even think about mosquito control until the hot weather arrives. However, the true mosquito season begins much earlier. Mosquitoes will begin to appear and bite as soon as the temperature rises above 50° F. As a result, your mosquito control efforts, including mosquito trap placement, should commence well before the onset of the summer season.
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 as soon as the temperature reaches the 50° F level. Most eggs 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 typically completed in 10-14 days. Mosquito breeding tends to become more prolific as the weather gets hotter, although some species lay eggs at the end of the season that can survive the winter and hatch in the spring.
The Importance of Early Mosquito Trap Placement
Using a Mosquito Magnet® trap will help to disrupt the mosquito breeding cycle and dramatically reduce the mosquito population on your property throughout the season. While the trap will begin to lure, capture and kill mosquitoes immediately, it takes approximately four weeks to break the breeding cycle. For best results, initial mosquito trap placement should occur at the very beginning of the true mosquito season: when the temperature rises above the 50°F level.
Useful Mosquito Trap Placement Tips
Proper mosquito trap placement will greatly enhance the bug-catching benefits provided by your Mosquito Magnet®. At the beginning of the season, place your trap near a source of standing water or close to dense vegetation or bushes. Thoroughly inspect your property to remove as many sources of standing or stagnant water as possible to make it less inviting to mosquitoes. Mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to lay their eggs, so get rid of old tires, open containers, coffee cups or anything else that can collect water.
Should You Move Your Trap?
As the weather gets hotter and you and your family begin to spend more time outdoors, you may need to relocate your trap. 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 human activity. Mosquitoes are not fond of direct sunlight, so pick a spot that remains shaded during the heat of the day. 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. Use this information about mosquito breeding and mosquito trap placement to keep flying pests away, from the start of the season until the end!