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How to Perform Mosquito Pest Control

Monday, September 23, 2013 | Mid-Cities Pest Control

We’ve all been there… You’ve spent time and money planning a BBQ celebration. You have guests arriving, food on the grill, toys out for kids, everything is set. What comes next in many outdoor festivities is annoying, can be a health hazard, and unfortunately is all-too common: mosquitoes. It can quickly take the wind out of the sail of any outdoor gathering that otherwise would be a special time with friends and family. Once the sun starts to set and the summer air cools a bit, the mosquitoes come out to feast. This can happen especially after a rain. What can you do to prevent and control these mosquito infestations? There’s actually a lot you can do for mosquito pest control.

Mosquitoes go through four stages in their lifecycle: egg, larvae, pupa, and adult. All but the last stage occur in water. Without water, mosquitoes can’t reproduce. However, if you think your yard is clear of all standing water, you may be surprised. The smallest amount of water, even that little piece of trash with puddled water sitting on it can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Here are a few mosquito pest control tips:

  • Empty any standing water you find. Bird baths, flower pot saucers, pet dishes, old tires, unused swimming pools, buckets, and anything else you find can catch water and be a suitable breeding ground. Make sure rain barrels are covered and keep your gutters cleaned.
  • Trim back vegetation. Mosquitoes feast on plant nectar when they aren’t out searching for blood, so they spend a lot of time in tall grass or around shrubs and bushes. Also, keep your lawn mowed and remove yard debris like piles of leaves and grass clippings.
  • Use mosquito-repelling plants. Citronella plants are the scent used in the citronella candles commonly used to deter mosquitoes. They also avoid catnip, lavender, marigolds, basil, and peppermint.
  • Hire professional mosquito pest control. Professionals can target specific areas and gain ground over these common pests. Ask about chemicals used, licenses, and application schedule.

Then sit back and know that your yard will be protected and you can start planning your next BBQ worry-free.

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