DIY and professional pest control for mosquitoes

According to the American Mosquito Control Association, mosquitoes are responsible for spreading diseases such as West Nile virus, yellow fever, malaria, and Zika virus. Also, the bites of these insects result in itchy red bumps. Infections can develop if the stain is scratched and exposed to bacteria. It is important for homeowners to take the proper steps each summer to reduce the number of mosquitoes on their property. There are some home techniques to use, as well as professional pest control services.

get rid of standing water

Stagnant and slow-moving water spots are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Check your property for cans, old tires, or backwards trash can lids that may contain standing water. Take them off immediately. If a rain barrel, birdbath, or other structure cannot be emptied because it is too large or heavy, add Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) to the water. This product is completely natural and safe to use around humans and pets, but it is deadly to mosquito larvae that feed on it.

Alter your landscape

There are some things homeowners can do to make their property less attractive to these bloodsucking insects. Take a walk around your garden and look for shady areas. Trim tree branches that block the sun. Then get rid of any low-lying weeds before you mow. Tall grass and shade provide resting places.

Check the perimeter of the house

After taking care of the yard, walk around the perimeter of the house. Look for ways to keep bugs out, like patching holes in window screens and sealing entryways. Add weather stripping for extra protection and seal any holes you find in your foundation.

Hire professional pest control services

Once a person has done all they can do, it’s time to call in the big guns. Professional pest control specialists can create a treatment plan that includes administration of a barrier spray. The chemicals in the spray not only kill mosquitoes instantly, but also keep the bugs from coming back for several weeks. Just before the month is out, the spray will become less effective, so the experts will return for additional treatment. This cycle continues throughout the summer so families can continue to enjoy time playing kickball in the yard and swimming in the pool with the kids.

It’s important to note that mosquito repellent products, such as citronella candles and special flashlights, can keep insects away for a short time but not kill them. They also don’t address the real problem, which is the breeding site. That’s why it’s best for homeowners to do their part to make the environment less attractive to insects and then take advantage of the knowledge and experience of a pest control service.

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