Rather than using the word irritating, mosquitos are dangerous. No doubt you know how many deadly diseases they can infect with a single bite. That is the reason why many people invest in devices and chemicals to protect themselves from those pesky insects.
As you have heard, spraying chemicals or fog is an effective way to kill the mosquitoes. But the success of this method depends on what time you use it. But before you know about the perfect time, you need to know about the lifecycle of the mosquito to fully understand the importance of timing.
The life cycle of a mosquito
The main source of food for both male and female mosquitos is flower nectar and fruits. But only the female mosquito bites humans to suck blood. Not for food, but to produce eggs and reproduce, it needs human’s blood. Then it starts to lay its eggs in any standing water.
These eggs are capable of remaining dormant even over a year before it hatches. The only condition that is required for hatching is the availability of water. This basic knowledge will help us to kill the insects effectively.
For the first week, use the mosquito spray once every day or every 2 days in the target area. This can interrupt their breeding cycle and gets rid of all the eggs.
After this, you can use the spray once per week. Don’t extend the time much longer than a week.
Get rid of the breeding ground
As you saw earlier, the only breeding ground for mosquitos is the standing water. Try to remove any standing water you may find in your surroundings. If you have any empty buckets outside, make sure that no water gets collected inside.
This will force the mosquito to search for new breeding ground, leaving you alone.
Best time to spray for mosquitoes
During the time of dusk and dawn, the mosquitoes are highly active. This means it is best to spray the repellants during this time of the day. Generally, mosquitoes search for food during dusk and dawn. This makes targeting them easy. Try not to use in daylight hours because it won’t be effective against the mosquitoes. Plus you will be harming beneficial insects like butterflies and bees with the spray.
Mind the weather
If it is windy or raining, wait for the weather to get better. Both rain and wind can remove the effect of the sprays, resulting in repeated application. If the weather becomes rainy or windy after you applied the mosquito spray, make sure to reapply again once the weather comes to a normal.
Weather affects both the growth of the mosquitoes and the effectiveness of the mosquito spray.
The bottom line
Remember these little facts before you commence your mosquito battle plan. With the right mosquito spray and timing, you can significantly reduce their population. It does require effort to remove the mosquitos, but in the end, it is all worth it.