Mosquitoes are often a terrible nuisance in the summer under the right conditions. The pests are common every summer, but after periods of heavy rain or when you or your neighbors let the yard get overgrown, mosquitoes can swarm your yard and even get inside your house and make you miserable.
Mosquitoes are hard to fight too. You may need to swat individual mosquitoes in your house since you don't want to fill the air with insecticides. That's why mosquito control for your yard is essential. A pest control company can be a big help and may be more effective than DIY attempts at killing pests. Here's what a mosquito control company might do.
Inspect Your Property
The first step is to look over your property to understand where mosquitoes live and breed. This identifies problem areas in your yard that you can eliminate to reduce the number of mosquitoes breeding close to your home. You may need to do things like mow weeds, cut back tree branches to let more sun hit your grass, and remove all sources of stagnant water. Cleaning clutter from your yard is helpful too since clutter can hold small amounts of water the mosquitoes can breed in.
Decide On The Best Mosquito Control Approach
Mosquito control often involves two types of treatments: preventative treatments and treatments that kill mosquitoes. Preventative treatments repel mosquitoes. DEET is a common chemical used in these treatments, and you may want to use these as a personal spray.
You may prefer treatments that use pyrethrins to kill mosquitoes in your yard. In addition to chemicals such as DEET and pyrethrins, a mosquito control company may use natural products, such as essential oils as a repellent or insecticide.
Apply Treatments Throughout The Summer
All mosquito control treatments need to be applied all during the summer. Some sprays are delivered through a misting system the pest control sets up and maintains. Others are sprayed in shady areas and along borders with your neighbors' properties. These treatments could last a few weeks before they have to be applied again.
The frequency you need mosquito control treatments depends on the type of chemical or natural product that's used. You might also want additional booster treatments before you have a cookout or other event in the evening to make sure mosquitoes stay away.
Spraying your yard combined with removing all standing water could make a big difference in your ability to enjoy the outdoors. Plus, as long as you wait to go outside until the spray is dry, you don't have to worry about being exposed to insecticide chemicals. The mosquito control sprays are safe to use around kids and pets as long as you comply with instructions for safe use.
For more information, contact a mosquito pest control company.
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