In Georgia, mosquitoes can annoy us almost any time of the year. With temperatures on the rise, it won’t be long before there are swarms of mosquitoes prowling around in our backyards. Mosquitoes are nature’s party crashers and will not hesitate to ruin any outdoor plans you had scheduled. Mosquitoes are also known to carry mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika, West Nile, Dengue Fever, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. We at Progressive Pest Control want you to be aware of the mosquito threat in your area. Here are some helpful tips to help you win the war on mosquitoes this year.
Drain the Standing Water
Standing water is a requirement for mosquito larvae. The best way to get rid of mosquitoes is by getting rid of standing water. After a spring rain, many objects in your yard can become breeding areas for blood-sucking mosquitos. But if you are proactive and dump out all the water before mosquitoes have a chance to lay their eggs, you will put a big dent in the mosquito population.
All you have to do is go around your yard and look for anything that can hold just a tiny amount of water and dump it out.
- Flower Pots
- Old Tires
- Pooling Water/Puddles
- Rain Barrels
- Water containers for animals
- Water Features
Use Bacterial Insecticide
Sometimes you can’t drain water for various reasons. Birdbaths, animal waterers, and other water features can all be habitats for mosquitoes, but you don’t want to ruin your beautiful features because of mosquitoes. Luckily there is a way to keep your water features and prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs in them. Bacterial insecticides are highly effective against mosquitoes and mosquito larvae without harming other animals and plants. Bacterial insecticides can come in granules or dunks which are tossed into the water and dissolve to release the mosquito-killing bacteria.
Check Your Screens and Doors
Your home is supposed to be the one place you can be safe from pests, but if your screens aren’t in good repair you good be visited by unexpected house-guests. Mosquitoes are tiny and can fit through the tiniest rip, tear, or crack in your screens or doors. Make sure all of your screens are secure and in good condition. Check your doors for any cracks and seal them with caulk or weather-stripping.
According to the CDC, the most effective mosquito repellents on the market are ones containing the chemical DEET. DEET has been proven to be very effective in preventing mosquito bites but not everyone can benefit from it. A small population of people are allergic to DEET and therefore need to use alternative forms of mosquito repellant. Luckily, we have some natural ingredients that also keep biting mosquitoes off you. Essential oils and herbs such as citronella, basil, lemongrass, lavender, tea tree, and thyme can be used to make your own home-made mosquito repellants.
Call the Professionals at Progressive Pest Control
If you are having trouble with a pest infestation call the experts at Progressive Pest Control. We can protect your home from a range of pests from cockroaches to mice. We are standing by to take your call.
At Progressive Pest Control we stand behind every one of our products and services. We are so confident that you will be satisfied with our services that if you aren’t, we will come back out at no extra cost to you.
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