Is Mosquito Season Getting Closer?

Warmer days are coming and that means one thing, insect populations start to rise. One particular irritating bug that’s going to be gracing us with its presence very soon is the mosquito. Here’s what you need to know about mosquito season and how you can keep them at bay.

When is mosquito season in the UK?

Mosquito season in the UK is between April and September. After breeding, female mosquitoes lay around 200 eggs at a time. Their favourite place for laying their eggs is in standing water, so you’ll find them in ponds and even pet water bowls you leave outside.

Mosquitoes are most active in the early morning and evening. So if you’re having a summer evening in the garden or an early morning dog walk, you’re more likely to get bitten at these times.

Are Mosquitoes in the UK dangerous?

Believe it or not, the UK has over 30 species of native mosquito. Few of those native to the UK bite and those that do don’t tend to spread diseases like foreign species. However, due to climate change, more foreign species are invading our shores, so it pays to control mosquito populations.

How to get rid of mosquitoes from your garden

This mosquito season, there are things you can do to reduce your chances of being bitten. To reduce insect populations in your garden:

Eliminate standing water

Get rid of any standing water in flower pots, ponds, birdbaths, pet bowls, and water fountains. Female mosquitoes love to lay their eggs in standing water. By removing it as a breeding spot, you might be able to force them to go elsewhere.

Keep your garden tidy

Mosquitoes love to hide out in long wet grass. Reduce their hiding spots by regularly cutting your grass.

Should I plant ‘mosquito repellent plants’?

You may have read online that some plants are natural mosquito repellents. Plants like lavender and herbs like peppermint are often cited as natural repellents. However much truth there is in this, we aren’t sure as there’s not enough research to back it up. We think that you’ll need far more than a couple of repellent plants to deter pests this mosquito season.

How to get rid of mosquitoes from my house

If there are mosquitoes in your home, we’d always recommend professional treatment for the safety and comfort of you and your family. Treatments like fogging can work really well when it comes to eliminating mosquitoes and other flying insects.

Got a mosquito problem?

Are mosquitos invading your home or garden? Don’t wait; call us. Our professional technicians have the expertise and the products that will eliminate an irritating invasion.

Ready to enjoy those drinks in the garden on summer evenings without worrying about pests?

Call Contego.

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