February 28, 2019
Mosquitoes are bad news. Though there are billions of them in the world and only a fraction of those billions can spread diseases to you, your family… Continue
Remember back when our only concern with mosquitoes was that they caused itchy red welts? Nowadays, the threat of being bitten by mosquitoes is a health threat. Not only do mosquitoes waste no time in ruining a good picnic, or game of volleyball, but they can be carriers of several dangerous diseases. Malaria, West Nile virus, yellow fever, chikungunya and dengue can all be transmitted via mosquito, with Zika being the newest threat in the United States. Certainly, these mosquito-borne illnesses are nothing to play around with but even if these diseases were not a concern, life in the backyard is simply better without mosquitoes!
Every year, Americans spend millions of dollars on mosquito-control products, from mosquito sprays that cost a few dollars, to foggers that cost hundreds. Let's take a look at how well some of these mosquito reduction strategies work.
Foggers. These work to reduce mosquitoes a little. But keep in mind that foggers only kill adult mosquitoes. They do nothing to kill eggs and mosquito larvae. They also are a topical solution, which means they will not penetrate into areas where mosquitoes are hiding, such as underneath decks and inside shrubs. And foggers bought from over-the-counter retailers have active agents that do not work very long, maybe up to 5 or 6 days. That is not long enough.
Citronella candles. These work to reduce mosquitoes a little but they have a very limited impact. They do nothing to control the population of mosquitoes in your yard or kill eggs or larvae.
Mosquito repellent or mosquito wristbands. These work to prevent bites, sometimes. But we all know that even when we spray ourselves with repellent, there can still be bites, especially in areas where most people do not prefer to put mosquito repellent, such as on the head and neck.
Zappers. If you are still using a zapper, you should be aware that these only work well to kill male mosquitoes, which are non-biting mosquitoes. It is the female mosquitoes that bite, and they are not as drawn to zappers.
Removing water from your yard. Mosquitoes only need a half a cup of water in which to lay eggs. So drying up standing water in your yard, inside clogged gutters, and in toys or other discarded items around your home, may help reduce the number of mosquitoes produced on your property. But this is a never-ending battle because each time it rains (or you water your lawn, etc) there will be more areas of pooled water to deal with.
Before mosquitoes come back to life this spring, reach out to a professional pest control company for mosquito control service. When you start a program early you can destroy mosquitoes that are currently hiding and waiting to hatch in your yard. Mosquito control service will also turn your property into a death trap for new mosquitoes that wander into your yard from neighboring properties. Here's how mosquito control works:
A pest-control technician will do a detailed inspection and identify locations on your property where mosquitoes are able to live and breed.
Your technician will then do targeted spray treatments in strategic areas around your foundation perimeter and other areas to make mosquito hiding spots a death trap.
Areas which can be modified to resist mosquitoes will be suggested, and areas that cannot be modified will be treated with larvicide to make them unusable for mosquito breeding.
Mosquitoes rarely travel more than 400 yards from the location where they hatched, this means that eliminating mosquitoes, eggs and larvae in your yard will make a huge difference because it takes time for new mosquitoes to replace old mosquitoes. Mosquito reduction service will not only reduce mosquitoes on your property but in your neighborhood as well.