Whether your guests are attending an event, are in town for a business trip, or enjoying a much-needed vacation, they don't want to deal with irritating mosquitoes. Here's what you can do to help reduce mosquito populations on your hotel grounds and help create a serene environment for your guests to enjoy.
How mosquitoes can impact your hotel
Attracted to warm, humid environments, mosquitoes become active when temperatures are above 50°F. They reproduce at a rapid rate and females can lay up to 3000 eggs within a few weeks. Most often associated with red, itchy bites, mosquitoes can also carry pathogens that cause disease such as West Nile virus and Zika virus.
For hotels that double as a venue for events like weddings, reunions, conferences and fundraisers, the outdoor grounds can be an important selling feature. Too many mosquitoes may prevent guests from enjoying their visit to the fullest, and they'll also ensure your guests go home with an itchy reminder of your hotel, which can have a negative impact on your reputation.
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How to prevent mosquitoes
Effective, ongoing mosquito control starts with eliminating the types of environments where mosquitoes thrive. Mosquitoes seek out standing water to lay their eggs and develop through the larvae and pupae stages into adults that are ready to feed. Here are the most common areas standing water can become an issue:
Planters: Not only can a lack of drainage in your planters be harmful to your plants, but the standing water in soil or in the saucer is the perfect place for mosquitoes to breed.
Pool covers: Rainwater collecting on the top of pool covers can be an attractive spot for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Make sure to remove and clear off pool covers periodically to ensure water isn't collecting there.
Patio furniture: All it takes is a few days of rain for excess water to start accumulating on outdoor furniture. Move furniture inside or turn chairs upside down when they aren't in use to prevent water from collecting.
Decorative landscaping: From bird baths and stagnant fountains to small ponds, water-based landscaping should either be treated regularly to control possible mosquito populations or avoided altogether.
Drains and gutters: Keeping drains and gutters free of leaves and debris will ensure water can run off properly and not develop into mosquito breeding grounds that are out of sight.
Mosquito control solutions that work
If you're looking for DIY solutions, store-bought sprays may only be effective in the short-term, as they only target adult mosquitoes, not the thousands of eggs they lay.
Ultimately, investing in lasting mosquito protection and coverage that a professional pest control company can provide is a smart decision for your business. Mosquito control isn't a one-time thing—it will take proper grounds maintenance and seasonal treatments to ensure your hotel grounds are always a welcoming place for your guests to spend time.
Terminix Commercial can provide mosquito treatment services that you can count on.
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