Are you worried about your lawn damage due to mosquito larvae?. Adult Mosquitos lay eggs; the adult mosquitos lay their eggs mostly in pools, ponds, lakes or moist soil. Thus larvae are found in grass and wet areas. These Eggs hatch and become larvae. Then comes the pupa stage. Finally, they change into Adult mosquitos.
The mosquito larvae resemble black slug; thus, it is known as leather jackets. They have fragile bodies with long, thin legs. They are about 30mm in length. They have different colours like tan, beige, grey or even green. According to reports, mosquito larvae are common in the US and almost everywhere in the world except Antarctica. Their peak season is spring.
Additionally, these mosquitos, in their larval stage, are very harmful to plants as they destroy the plant’s roots and stem. These mosquitos become harmless in their adult stage.
Here are a few things to do to eradicate mosquito larvae
How to recognize mosquito larva?
Before killing mosquito larvae is to identify them. You must identify whether the destruction is caused due to leatherjackets or not.
You can confirm it if you see the following signs
- A Lot of mosquitos flying here and there
- Other birds are trying to dig different parts of your lawn to prey on these leather jackets.
- Small plants suddenly start dying.
- Small patches of yellow or brown grass in your garden
Now, after you are sure that the destruction is due to mosquito larvae, then you should do the following things to kill mosquito larvae.
You can kill the mosquito larvae by using an insecticide. Most insecticides have long-lasting effects of 90 days. But do search before buying any insecticide. You should also be aware that many insecticides are banned due to their side effects on humans and animals. Moreover, they are not as effective as they used to be in the past. A granular insecticide you can use to kill mosquito larvae is Talstar Xtra. It has bifenthrin in it, which is an insecticide chemical. It acts on mosquito larvae before they hatch thud. It must be used before spring. It also works if applied in summer. Bifen L/p has the active ingredient bifenthrin in it. It is very beneficial in killing serious leather jackets. You can sprinkle them in the affected area. They act when they get soaked in soil. Thus it kills the mosquito larvae present beneath the earth. It is also allowed in almost all states
- Grub killer
You can kill the mosquito larvae by using a grub killer by grubs. This works on almost 10000 square feet and is effective against mosquito larvae. It should be used in early summer because larvae are most active in this stage. It is also available in small packages.
The most effective way to kill mosquito larvae is by using beneficial nematodes. Beneficial nematodes are tiny parasitic worms that eat mosquito larvae and other pests. But these are harmless for beneficial insects and plants. Moreover, these are environmentally friendly and a natural way to kill mosquito larvae. You can order 5-100 million nematodes. You have to water the affected area and apply nematodes there.
- Natures good Guy
Nature’s good Guy is another brand of beneficial nematodes. You can get three different kinds of nematodes to kill mosquito larvae. These nematodes are also non-toxins and harmless to other beneficial insects like ladybugs, bees and worms. This is effective for 12500 square feet.
Go to the nearby pest control store. Explore different pesticides and make sure that they do not cause any harm to the healthy plants present on your lawn.
Buy the natural pesticide which has long-lasting effects
Spray the pesticide on your lawn according to the instructions mentioned on the spray bottle.
Thus in this way, you will get rid of mosquito larvae and prevent your lawn from being damaged. These natural pesticides not only kill the mosquitos but also repel mosquitos for almost three months. You can also prepare organic pesticides at home. You can prepare it by mixing garlic with chilli. Grind the garlic cloves. Take a bottle. Mix these ground garlic cloves with chilli. Add some water to it. Stir it, and your pesticide is ready to work.
Spray it in the affected area. It will kill the mosquitos larvae
- Homemade spray
You can make DIY spray at home to kill mosquito larvae
- Add one tablespoon of neem oil
- Add 1 cup of vinegar to it
- Add a few drops of dish soap to the mixture
- Put this mixture in a spray bottle. Spray it in the affected area. This spray is very effective in killing mosquito larvae.
- Insect killer granules
Sevin insect killer granules are effective in killing mosquito larvae present above and below the soil. It is effective for three months. Spread it with the help of a lawn spreader so that it gives a regular and uniform coverage.
- Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint is an essential mosquito repellent oil. It keeps the mosquito away so that they can’t lay their eggs on your lawn. You can prepare mosquito repellent oil at home.
- Cut the fresh peppermint leaves.
- Put them in a jar
- Add olive or grapeseed oil to it.
- Keep it for 3-4 days.
- Now strain it into s bowl and discard the leaves
This oil is now used to get rid of mosquito
You can repel mosquito larvae by using lemongrass essential oil.
- You can prepare lemongrass mosquito repellent essential oil yourself
- Crush a few lemongrass stalks with mortar and pestle.
- Put them in a jar
- Add olive oil to it
- Keep it in a warm place for 48 hours
- Strain it and keep the oil in a jar
- Avoid damp places
The favourite place of mosquito larvae is damp patches on your lawn. So you should not overwater your garden to avoid the leather jacket in your garden. It will also prevent adult crane flies lay eggs. It is also important to make sure that the lawn drains quickly.
- Make your garden clean.
Mosquito larvae are attracted to dead, rotten plants and fallen leaves. If you want to kill them, then you must keep your lawn neat and clean. Do cleaning of your garden on a regular basis. Take away all the fallen leaves and cut off dead plants. Mow your grass regularly.