Many anticipate springtime due to warmer weather, sunshine, and outdoor activities. However, the return of warmer weather and heavy rain also means the return of pesky mosquitoes. The buzz of mosquitoes, stinky spray-on repellant, and itchy bites might be a part of a typical spring or summer night for some, but that doesn't mean it has to be. If you are looking to avoid getting bit this summer, there are a few things you can do.
Mosquito season is when mosquitoes tend to be most active, often from late spring to early fall. No calendar date necessarily marks the beginning of mosquito season, but these pests begin to stir when the weather reaches about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The hotter and more humid it is, the more mosquitoes will be out and about. The most common time that mosquitoes are active is at dusk and dawn. To avoid being a target, try to stay indoors during these peak hours or take extra precautions if you must be outside.
A few factors play into why mosquitoes might be more attracted to some people than others. Mosquitoes hunt by using all of their senses, but their sense of smell is their most potent. People who produce more lactic acid, uric acid, and carbon dioxide are more likely to attract mosquitoes. This includes sweat and body heat. This means that pregnant women, children, people who are exercising, and those with a higher body temperature are more likely to be targeted.
The first step to eliminating mosquitoes around your home is to figure out where mosquitoes are breeding. Check your property for any standing water, including puddles, pet bowls, and old tires. If you have any of these mosquito traps on your property, make sure to empty them out weekly.
Next, take a look at your landscaping. Are there any overgrown plants or trees? If so, trim them back since mosquitoes like to rest in cool, shaded areas. It would also be very beneficial to rid your yard of old garbage and debris.
Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. If you have any ripped screens, make sure to repair or replace them. What is worst than having mosquitoes in your yard? Having mosquitoes inside your home.
Another way to keep mosquitoes at bay is to wear the right type of clothing. Long-sleeves, long pants, and socks are your best bet. If you are outside during peak mosquito hours (dusk and dawn), make sure to cover up as much skin as possible.
When it comes to mosquito repellents, you have a few options. You can go the natural route and use lemon eucalyptus oil or citronella products. If you prefer a chemical repellent, look for one with DEET.
Regardless of the preventative measures you may take, it most likely will only scratch the surface, especially if you have a big mosquito problem. Enlisting professional help from Mission Pest Control will take care of your mosquito problem quickly and efficiently. So regardless if you are looking for the best mosquito control for yard or other pest control services, Mission has what you need.
Most people don’t know how to get rid of mosquitoes effectively because they have not been properly trained. If you have a mosquito problem, contact Mission Pest Control. Our technicians will be happy to help you get rid of your mosquitoes so that you can enjoy your warmer months worry-free!