Mosquitoes may be tiny, but their ability to transmit dangerous diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika make them a legitimate threat. Even the mere nuisance of these blood-sucking pests is enough to raise concerns. When you (or your client) are trying to spend time outdoors, you don’t want to be worrying about what’s lurking in the yard.
Whether you’re a landscape provider or a serious do-it-yourselfer, you might be wondering what your options are for effective mosquito control. Considering the risk involved, you want to make sure the job is done right.
That’s why we’re talking about what it takes to practice successful mosquito control.
Start with a Targeted Approach
One of the big keys to success with mosquito control is a targeted approach. Spraying anywhere and everywhere isn’t necessary—and frankly, is a waste of product. It’s important to spray the areas where you hang out—and where mosquitoes tend to lurk. It’s not a coincidence that some of the same spots you like to spend your time are also where the mosquitoes are hanging around. After all, they’re in search of their next blood meal.
These areas might include under the deck, around the patio, around the perimeter of the home, and around foundational plantings. One piece of advice is to not directly spray the plants themselves as we want to avoid hurting the bee population.
Focusing your efforts on these mosquito zones will help take care of these pests in an effective way. It’s a little-known fact that mosquitoes are weak fliers and land often to rest. If their “hang out spots” are treated, you’re going to successfully target them.
Eliminate Standing Water
If you really want to go the extra mile, you’ll also want to look at potential mosquito breeding grounds on your property where trouble might be brewing. Addressing these spots can go a long way in stopping a problem before it even happens.
You might be surprised to learn that as little as one inch of standing water is a risk for attracting female mosquitoes, which lay as many as 300 eggs at a time. Therefore, an important extra step that can be taken to reduce the mosquito population is to dump any unnecessary sources of stagnant water. Wheelbarrows, kiddie toys, buckets, or even tarps can collect water and create mosquito chaos.
Finding the right products is important when it comes to your effort to reduce the mosquito population on your (or your client’s) property. After all, even the best approach can still fall short if you don’t have effective products to use.
These products have the added benefit that they will also take care of other pests that might be prowling like cockroaches, ticks, or termites. You don’t want to have to worry about these other nuisance pests, either. In addition, we also have the Mosquito Dunks that can be thrown into water to keep them from becoming mosquito breeding grounds.
You Deserve Results
Whether you are treating your property—or a client’s—we know that you want to see results. In fact, when it comes to something as frustrating—and potentially dangerous—as mosquitoes, you deserve results. Fortunately, when you invest in the right products and take a smart approach, that’s exactly what you’ll see.
As you get started with treating for mosquitoes, remember that we’re always here to help.