What are the Most Effective Mosquito Control Techniques? October 21, 2016 Featured Mosquitoes are durable creatures, and completely eliminating them is likely impossible with current technologies. However, modern techniques are effective for virtually eliminating them from discrete regions. Here are some of the most powerful techniques for controlling mosquito populations. Eliminating Breeding Grounds Mosquitoes use standing water to lay eggs, and most mosquitoes don’t stray far from where they were born. Because of this, homeowners can cut back on mosquito levels by eliminating standing water. Only a tiny amount of water is needed; a tires that has collected rainwater, for example, can serve as a host for mosquito eggs. Cleaning your yard and removing water-holding items can have a significant impact. Spraying There are a number of chemicals that kill mosquitoes that have little impact on the environment otherwise, and these techniques are effective for governments looking to cut back on levels over a large area. Trucks and airplanes can cover a large area quickly, but the overall impact on smaller areas can be minor. Mosquito barrier control is great for repelling mosquitoes in discrete areas, and those looking for a mosquito-free environment might want to turn to private services. Surface Water Treatment Oil-based chemicals spread out over large areas efficiently, so it takes only a small amount of chemical to cover large bodies of water than can hold mosquito eggs. By using these chemicals, governments and property owners can eliminate mosquito eggs over a large space without using too many chemicals. However, it’s important to use these chemicals strategically to avoid damaging populations of other creatures. In areas especially prone to mosquito infestations, however, these insecticides can be powerful tools. Biological Controls Mosquitoes have plenty of natural predators, and introducing these predators to an area can cut back on mosquito levels considerably. However, introducing a new species comes with risks, and it can be difficult to predict what effects doing so will have. Still, introducing a fish that eats mosquitoes or eggs can be great for treating a body of water. Other experimental techniques include introducing a large number of sterile males; this technique has been shown to work in relatively large areas. Genetically modified mosquitoes also have the potential to curtail population levels significantly. Mosquitoes play an important role in many food chains, and their ruggedness means that we’re unlikely to be able to eliminate them for the foreseeable future. However, cutting down on levels has numerous health benefits and makes evenings out far more pleasant. Fortunately, there are a number of techniques for controlling levels in small areas, and those looking to cover an outdoor space have plenty of options available.