When warm weather rolls around, most people think of cookouts, playing at the beach, and evening strolls. Unfortunately, mosquitoes often end up being a part of the equation. As one of the most annoying pests in existence, mosquitoes and their bites cause itching, irritation, redness, and swelling. Some can even transmit deadly diseases, including yellow fever.
Mosquitoes can be found both inside and outside of the home searching for people or pets to bite. If you're currently experiencing the wrath of mosquitoes, here are some of the best ways to deal with them:
Mow the Lawn, Cut Back on Watering
Mosquitoes lives and thrive in tall grass and wet environments where they can lay their eggs sans disruptions, which is why both need to be monitored consistently to avoid infestations.
Keep grass trim and eliminate weeds when they appear. Limit how much you water the lawn and do it only during the day when it has plenty of time to dry before nightfall. Also, make sure that your grass and soil are level to avoid creating water pools; these are the perfect places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Watch for water pools developing around flower pots, garden décor, and trash bins as well, and keep gutters and storm drains free of debris.
Insecticides are also available for getting rid of present mosquitoes and for prevention. Most are sold with misting mechanisms which help cover large areas with minimal effort. Spot treat areas around your lawn or home where mosquitoes are frequently found.
Fogger insecticides are a great way to get rid of mosquitoes and eggs that have somehow gone out of view. By releasing the pesticide in an enclosed space, you can kill mosquito infestations in one move. It also saves you from searching out individual mosquitoes and swatting them one by one.
Another common method of preventing mosquitoes is the use of repellents. Repellents come in a variety of forms, and most are suitable for general outdoor activity, including yard work or hiking.
Repellents aren’t designed to kill or poison mosquitoes, but they do keep mosquitoes from approaching certain areas. They can be sprayed on various surfaces and even your own skin to keep mosquitoes away. DEET is active ingredients found in mosquito repellent used on human skin.
Citronella is also a widely used form of mosquito repellent that comes in oils and candles. It can be applied on countertops and other surfaces or lit outdoors during barbecues and evening parties.
The Danger of Mosquitoes
It's important to keep in mind that mosquitoes can carry diseases, including malaria, West Mile virus, and encephalitis. As a result, preventing and controlling mosquitoes both indoors and outdoors is a vital part of mosquito control safety. If you've tried some of the above methods with no success, contact a qualified pest control company for assistance. A professional pest control company will be able to target where mosquitoes are coming from and suggestions on how to stop them from biting you, your family, and your pets.