Mosquitoes are an annoying insect despised for their loud buzzing and itchy bites that can cause allergic reactions like swelling, irritation and inflammation. In Ontario mosquitoes are less of a serious health concern but are still worrisome because they can spread diseases like West Nile Virus.

The average adult mosquitos is 3-9 mm in length with tiny scales covering its wing and body. It has thin, long legs and a long nose (proboscis). Males are smaller than females and only females bite, which typically happens post mating to gain nourishment from the blood for egg development. Female mosquitoes commonly lay their eggs in standing sources of water because water is needed for eggs hatch.

The best way get rid of mosquitoes is to prevent them:

  • Remove all sources of standing water in your yard or property.
  • Cover rain barrels with screens.
  • Repair leaking outdoor water taps, pipes or hoses.
  • Keep your rain gutters clean and unclogged.
  • Keep your grass cut short and trim trees, bushes and shrubs.
  • Dispose of yard waste regularly.
  • Use lids on garbage and recycling containers.
  • Minimizing outdoor lighting.
  • Plant citronella, rosemary or marigolds which act as natural mosquito repellents.

For special outdoor events, consider a mosquito control service to help you get rid of mosquitoes. A licensed mosquito control expert can help you identify, eliminate and treat mosquito breeding sites in advance of your event to prevent mosquitoes from spoiling the day.