Preventing a Mosquito Infestation

Preventing a Mosquito Infestation

It can be tough to eliminate all the mosquitoes around your property, but it is possible to prevent an infestation of these pests. While mosquitoes are a major nuisance, they can also pose health risks to humans, dogs, cats, and horses by transmitting diseases. It’s important to place preventative measures throughout your yard to reduce both their activity and their risk of spreading diseases.

Mosquitoes are looking for standing water to breed in. The first step to preventing mosquitoes is getting rid of any standing water throughout your yard.

  • Keep your gutters clear of debris to prevent clogging.
  • Empty birdbaths daily and refill them with new water.
  • Check your AC drip pans for standing water.
  • Turnover and remove water from anything that can collect, including pots, tarps, toys, old tires, and pet bowls.

Mosquitoes prefer to hide in tall grass and damp woodpiles. Keeping your yard well maintained and clear of clutter can also help prevent mosquitoes from your property.

  • Cover or fill hollow tree stumps that can fill with water.
  • Make sure to cover wood piles or store them in containers with lids.
  • Keep your grass mowed short and frequently trim shrubbery and tree limbs.
  • Keep your pool maintained or cover when you’re not using it for long periods of time.

Taking these steps can help to prevent high mosquito activity; though, at times it might be best to call your local pest control company to help with future infestations. A trained service professional can provide you with a customized prevention and treatment plan to help eliminate these pests throughout your property.

Is Green Mosquito Control Safe?

Is Green Mosquito Control Safe?

Mosquito season peaks in the summer months when the heat, humidity, and summer rain showers combine to create ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Besides those itchy red welts mosquito bites leave behind, they are also known to be vectors for serious diseases like Zika virus and West Nile virus. While traditional mosquito control programs are quite effective at eliminating mosquitoes, there are also green mosquito control options available, as well.

Green mosquito control is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional treatments that utilize plants, flowers and other natural ingredients to provide products that are safe for you, your family, and your pets. Green mosquito products are only applied where they are needed rather than over the entire yard so other beneficial pests aren’t eliminated along with the mosquitoes.

The first step in a green mosquito treatment system is an inspection of your entire yard to identify both nesting sites and resting places that mosquitoes are using. Once these areas have been identified, targeted applications of both larvicide and adulticide are used to help control all populations of mosquitoes. Once this is done, source reduction and elimination is performed by removing any areas of standing water on your property that can be used as a breeding ground. One benefit to mosquito treatments is a service guarantee that ensures a technician will come out between treatments for any issues that arise.

In addition to a scheduled mosquito treatment, homeowners can also take steps to prevent mosquitoes around their homes.

  • Mow your lawn regularly.
  • Cut away tall weeds around your property.
  • Remove any containers with standing water.
  • Make sure your property drains properly to avoid flooding and standing water.

If you have a problem with mosquitoes or any other pests, contact your local pest control company for a free analysis.

 

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A Green Way to Stop Mosquitoes

A Green Way to Stop Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes thrive off heat and humidity! With summer officially here, mosquito season is in full swing, making your chances of getting bit by one of these pests very high. Mosquitoes are small and annoying and their bites can pose a serious health threat to both humans and animals. Every homeowner wants to protect their family and pets from these pests and what better way to do so with a green alternative via the In2Care Mosquito Trap!

How In2Care Works

In2Care is a perfect solution to help prevent and eliminate mosquitoes throughout your home and property. This trap is unique as it lures in mosquitoes with a special green treatment inside the trap. Once mosquitoes enter the trap, the treatment transfers to the mosquito’s legs, where it is then spread to other breeding sites, like standing water or flower saucers. The spread of the treatment eliminates adult mosquitoes but also prevents the larva mosquitoes from developing further.

The In2Care Benefits
In2Care Mosquito Trap

This trap is perfect for every residential home looking for a new, alternative green mosquito control method. Instead of spraying product around your yard, the trap is placed in a shaded, vegetated area where mosquitoes are likely to breed. The green treatment used to eliminate mosquitoes does not target beneficial pests and remains environmentally and pet friendly. In2Care provides your property:

  • A no spray, discrete system.
  • Elimination of all mosquito life stages – from larva to adult.
  • Strategic placement around the home so the trap is always working.

Instead of constantly battling mosquitoes this summer, consider a new way in In2Care to rid mosquitoes and take back your yard!

If you’re interested in the In2Care System or would like more information, call 866-480-0947.

Mosquito Control For Warmer Weather

Mosquito Control For Warmer Weather

Your backyard is a great place to hang out, especially during warmer weather. One pest that can really ruin your good time is a mosquito. Besides being a nuisance, mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases to not only humans but also dogs, cats, and horses. Peak mosquito season runs from April to October. Help keep your family and pets safe with these mosquito prevention tips for warmer weather.

Get Rid Of Standing Water

Mosquitoes breed in standing water and only need a thimbleful to start the process. Eliminating potential breeding sites (also known as source reduction) will help keep mosquitoes out of your yard. Identify any low areas that are prone to flooding or pooling water and fill them in with dirt or remulch them. Empty birdbaths daily and refill them. Keep gutters clear of debris. Turn over and remove water from anything that can collect it including pots, tarps, toys, furniture, old tires, pet bowls, etc. Fix any leaky faucets, sprinklers, and hoses that can cause water to pool up. Check AC drip pans for standing water. Keep pools maintained and cover or fill hollow tree stumps.

Clean The Gutters

Clogged gutters can lead to standing water, attracting mosquitoes who are looking for a place to lay eggs. Keep your gutters clear of debris or consider installing gutter guards to help prevent clogs. This can also help prevent other pests, as well.

Don’t Forget Your Water Features

For larger water features that can’t be eliminated, treat them with larvacide that will eliminate any mosquito larvae that is present. Use it in any areas of standing water such as ponds, water features, and swimming pools.

Keep Your Yard Maintained

Mosquitoes love to hide in tall grass, shrubbery, and damp woodpiles. Keep your grass mowed short and your landscaping well maintained. Keep wood piles covered or store wood in containers with lids.

Crank Up The Fans

Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and body heat. If you have to spend any time outdoors, consider using outdoor fans to help dissipate and redirect the carbon dioxide and body heat you emit. This helps make you less attractive to mosquitoes in the area.

Landscape With Mosquito-Repelling Plants

Some common flowers and plants actually make great natural mosquito repellent. Planting these flowers around your home will help keep mosquitoes at bay. Marigold is one of the most common mosquito-repelling plants. Others include lavender, rosemary, basil, catnip, lemon balm, peppermint, and pennyroyal. Citronella grass is also a good option as it is extremely easy to maintain and can be used to fill in large areas.

Attract Bats

Yes, you read that correctly! Bats eat thousands of mosquitoes each day. While this may not be an ideal solution if you live in a neighborhood or in close proximity to your neighbors, it is a great alternative for those with larger properties. You can build a bat house to attract them to your yard and watch the mosquitoes disappear.

Consider Professional Service

Fighting mosquitoes can seem like a never-ending battle despite your best efforts. There are traditional and green mosquito control options available today. Most professional mosquito elimination services will include treatments that target both adult and larvae, as well as source reduction and elimination techniques. These services are typically monthly during peak mosquito season. If you have a problem with mosquitoes, contact a professional pest control company for a free estimate.

 

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Mosquito Yard Prep!

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It’s safe to say that mosquitoes are a major nuisance pest during the spring and summer months. These pests can quickly ruin a backyard barbeque with their incessant swarming and biting of your guests! Before peak mosquito season hits and their activity increases, prep your yard early to prevent mosquitoes.

Eliminate Breeding Sites

The elimination of breeding sites is essential to preventing mosquitoes. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. If there has been a recent thunderstorm, it’s likely that objects in your yard are holding water. Items that can hold water include toys, buckets, outdoor pet bowls, and tire swings are all perfect places for mosquitoes to breed. Other objects meant to hold water, such as fountains or birdbaths, can also attract mosquitoes. Removing these objects or making sure to empty them of water will help eliminate the chance of mosquito infestations during the warmer months.

Clean Up Clutter

Leaves and debris after a thunderstorm can cause clogged gutters, resulting in the perfect place to breed mosquitoes. Ensure that your home’s gutters are clear of debris, especially after it’s been raining. Consider installing gutter guards that save you time, reduces the risk of injuries, and helps prevent mosquitoes and other pests. Mosquitoes also like to hide in tall grass and shrubbery. It’s crucial to maintain your grass and shrubs, keeping both trimmed and the grass cut short.

Call the Pros

Mosquito control and prevention can sometimes feel like a never-ending battle. A professional pest control company can provide homeowners with a customized prevention and treatment plan to help eliminate these pests. Being proactive and starting mosquito treatments now will help in controlling mosquitoes during peak season!

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