Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

One of the most pervasive and frankly annoying pest problems we face today are mosquitoes.  These pesky critters leave nasty, itchy, bites on the skin and have the potential to carry very harmful diseases like the dreaded West Nile and Zika viruses.  They’re going to be an issue no matter where you are, but there are definitely ways to reduce their numbers and make your outdoor areas pleasant.

The first step in addressing this problem is to reduce or eliminate the standing water or extremely moist areas around your property.  Standing water gives mosquitoes a habitat in which to lay their eggs and let their larva grow.  Buckets, wheel barrows, bird baths, and anything else that collects water needs to be emptied and cleaned after every time it rains.  Nearby bodies of water such as lakes or creeks can make mosquito control more difficult.  Keeping your grass cut regularly will help to reduce moisture in the soil as well.  

Obviously, bug sprays with deet will help to prevent bites, as will citronella candles and sprays. Sometimes, bug sprays will not be enough and stronger treatments will be required.

Treatment Options

The best way to handle a mosquito issue is to have a mosquito misting system installed around the outdoor areas of your property.  A misting system mists pesticide twice a day to control mosquito populations.  They effectively create a zone of mosquito free area that makes for a very pleasant outdoor experience.  Misting systems are automatic but can be run manually should you think extra treatment is necessary.  Some higher-end options include remote controls or even smartphone apps.

We have experience installing, filling, servicing, and repairing these systems.  Our technicians can come and give you an estimate for these services. We’ll help determine the most effective areas for treatment.

Even though misting systems are the most effective option, they can be more costly. Alternative treatments can be done using normal pesticides. This option can be more cost effective but will require regular monthly treatments to maintain proper control. Another option is a one time treatment. This can be great if you have a gathering or event coming up. One time treatments work best when applied a few days before the event.

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