How to Get Rid of Mosquitos
The mosquito is considered to be the most dangerous animal on the planet.
In fact, mosquito-borne illnesses (including West Nile Virus and Zika) are responsible for more than one million deaths per year. This flying pest exists on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica.
So, just how can you keep your family—and yourself—safe from harm by repelling mosquitos from your favorite outdoor spaces? Keep reading to find out.
The Best Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitos
1. Eliminate Standing Water
Mosquitoes need still, stagnant water to breed. They flock to it in droves to lay their eggs and invade the surrounding areas in search of tasty human blood. To prevent mosquitoes from terrorizing the still water on your property, either turn over the containers to empty them or apply mosquito dunks. Available at garden supply stores, mosquito dunks are coin-sized products that kill mosquito larvae for 30 days without harming other beneficial animals and insects that come into contact with the water.
Here are a few common items that contain still, stagnant, or standing water – that mosquitos are drawn to:
- Bird baths
- Kiddie pools
- Clogged gutters
- Dog bowls
- Plant containers
- Recycling bins
- Rainwater collecting in pools in areas with poor drainage
2. Use Insect Repellant
Insect repellants (or insecticides) are on the market to help deter prevent mosquitoes from penetrating your premises.
- Spray Repellant – Purchase a spray product and apply it to all your vegetation, including grass, shrubs, bushes, low trees, gardens, and other areas in your lawn with landscaping.
- Granules – Mosquito repelling granules are great for keeping mosquitos away from your yard and may be used in any area where mosquitos like to congregate.
Both products create a barrier that prevents mosquitoes from entering without the use of toxic fumes that pose a risk to small children or pets. The center for disease control reminds homeowners using insecticides to always follow label instructions.
3. Trim Back Vegetation To Eliminate Mosquito Harborage Areas
Vegetation, like trees, shrubs, bushes, and other plants near a structure provides the shade mosquitoes need while they hide and breed. Lawns with well-trimmed vegetation have fewer places for mosquitoes to use as breeding grounds.
4. Call a Local Mosquito Control Company
There are plenty of companies who are able to complete mosquito control for a fair price. The company you choose should be experienced in mosquito control and can provide an effective solution for a variety of areas.
These companies often use specialized treatments that target mosquitoes specifically, allowing them to be managed more effectively throughout the season.
Mosquito Control FAQ
Why Choose a Lawn Care Company for Mosquito Control?
When you call a mosquito control company, they are addressing the what: mosquitos
A lawn care service that encompasses mosquito yard service can tackle both the root problem and its solution: what causes these pesky insects to invade, and how to eliminate them effectively.
Eliminating mosquitoes requires more than just masking the problem. It’s necessary to address the underlying cause, which is often related to the condition of your lawn.
When Are Mosquitos Most Active?
Mosquitoes aren’t necessarily nocturnal they just like to avoid direct sunlight, which is why we tend to see increased activity from dusk to dawn. During the day, they prefer sticking to shady patches near forests and wetlands.
Full moons could also lead to increased mosquito activity as studies have seen up to 500% increases in swarm sizes on certain nights each month.
Do different mosquitos need different treatments?
Most mosquito control tactics are suitable for all types of mosquitos.
We Know How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes on Your Property
The qualified pest professionals at Green Lawn Fertilizing are experienced in keeping mosquitoes out of your hair. We create a protective barrier around the perimeter of your property so you don’t have to live in fear all summer.
Call us today at 888-581-5296 for a free quote.
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