Dec 14

What are the Most Effective Mosquito Control Measures?

Mosquitos are a difficult problem to deal with. When your property is swarmed with mosquitos, your kids, your pets, and you are all at risk. Not only are mosquitos frustrating when they buzz around and bite, but they can also carry diseases such as West Nile, Zika, and heartworm that can be dangerous to your family. For these reasons, many people seek out mosquito control measures to try to avoid these problems before they happen. We’ve compiled a list of the most effective mosquito control measures to help you protect your property and your family.

Repellents

One of the most common mosquito control measures is repellent. You can plant repelling plants such as citronella, basil, and lemon balm in your yard to keep mosquitos away. You can also use citronella candles and tiki torches to repel mosquitos while you’re enjoying time outside. Finally, many people diffuse essential oils such as citronella and peppermint to keep mosquitos out of their immediate vicinity. Repellents are a moderately effective mosquito control measure that are a good option if you’re looking to temporarily repel mosquitos while you enjoy some time outside.

Trimming Plants

Mosquitos are always looking for cool, dark places to spend their time. For this reason, they will often hide in tall grass and lush plants. They will not breed in these areas, but they will spend their days here, meaning the presence of overgrown plants invites mosquitos to stay in your yard. To avoid giving mosquitos a comfortable place to rest, trim your plants, pull weeds, and cut your grass frequently. Trimming your plants is moderately effective in keeping mosquitos away from your property, but they will still have a strong presence if they have a place to breed.

Eliminating Breeding Areas

One of the best things you can do to control mosquitos in your property is to eliminate all possible breeding areas. Mosquitos breed in standing water, so wherever possible, you should eliminate standing water. Get rid of any places in your yard where water seems to pool. Install drainage systems and divert your drains to avoid water collection. Avoid leaving water dishes outside for your pets, but if you need to, be sure to change the water frequently.

For standing water you can’t get rid of, such as a pond in your yard, you can treat the water. Aerate the water with a fountain or waterfall, as mosquitos won’t breed in moving water. You can also try a Bacterial treatment to eliminate mosquito larvae and prevent them from breeding in the water. When you eliminate the areas for mosquitos to breed on your property, you will greatly reduce the amount of mosquitos on your property.

Barrier Sprays

One of the most effective mosquito control measures is barrier sprays. You have the option for a natural barrier spray or an EPA-approved synthetic spray. There are different variations of these sprays, designed to meet each property’s unique needs. Synthetic sprays contain chrysanthemum flower extract, which is also used to treat scabies and lice., and natural treatments contain cedar wood extracts When a technician applies the spray, all pests on your property will be eliminated, and the spray will repel new pests from entering your property for roughly three weeks. For season-long services, you can have a technician reapply the spray every three weeks. Barrier sprays are the most effective mosquito control measure, as they completely eliminate pests and keep them from coming back.

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