How to Safely Kill Mosquito Larvae in Standing Water

Mosquitoes are one of the hardest pests to avoid come spring and summer. On an individual level, mosquitoes are quite frail and can only live for a month or two. However, their quick and prolific reproductive cycle allows them to wreak havoc as a species for many months every year.

To stop mosquitoes from taking over your yard, you have to find where they’ve laid their eggs on your property. If mosquitoes establish covert breeding grounds in your yard, it can be very tricky to control them. Learn how to stop mosquito outbreaks in Vancouver BC before they start with Rentokil, formerly OnSite Pest Control!

Where Do Mosquitoes Lay Eggs?

Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. The source of still water can vary greatly in size, from large ponds and pools to tiny puddles and build-up in gutters. As long as the water stays undisturbed for a week to ten days, the mosquito eggs can hatch and progress through their larval stage.

Our technicians have found mosquito eggs laid in all of the following places:

  • Pools and spas
  • Ponds and birdbaths
  • Buckets, garden planters, tarps, and playsets
  • Gutters, puddles, and more

How to Get Rid of Mosquito Larvae

If you discover a raft of mosquito eggs or a cluster of mosquito larvae somewhere in your yard, there are a few different ways to get rid of them. If they are floating in a bucket, tarp, planter, or puddle, you can simply tip over the container or pour out the water. Sometimes the source can’t be removed, though, so we have a few options for liquids that you can introduce to the water source to eliminate larvae:

  • Apple cider vinegar: It’s been known to cure all kinds of problems dietarily, but apple cider vinegar can also take care of a mosquito larvae problem. This should be reserved for larvae in smaller spaces, as you need to make the water source sit at about 15% apple cider vinegar.
  • Soap: Dish soap and shampoo can be added to water sources in very small amounts to stop mosquito larvae in just about a day’s time.
  • Oil: Vegetable or olive oil can be added to water to get rid of mosquito larvae almost instantly. However, you should not use oils in ponds, as it can have an adverse effect on any fish present.

Need Help with Mosquito Control in Vancouver BC?

Sometimes mosquitoes lay their eggs in places that we just can’t find. If you have a mosquito outbreak in your yard and can’t find its source, let your local pest control experts know. At Rentokil, formerly OnSite Pest Control, we train our mosquito specialists to locate even the most hidden breeding grounds. We also continually work on our barrier treatment techniques to keep up the best mosquito control strategies in Vancouver BC. Contact us today for a free quote!

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