Mosquito control is extremely important this time of year. Mosquitoes can cause huge problems for Hudson Valley homeowners. Before the mosquito population gets out of hand in your yard, take some preventative measures, and learn who to call for effective mosquito control.
The Important Thing About Mosquitoes
There’s no denying that mosquitoes are annoying pests. But did you know that they’re one of the most dangerous pests in the world? Mosquitoes are estimated to cause over one million deaths a year by transmitting diseases like malaria and yellow fever. Although mosquitoes in the United States are less likely to cause death, they can still be carriers of diseases like dengue and the Zika virus.
This is definitely not a risk you want to take! Even a non-lethal mosquito bite is itchy and uncomfortable and can last for days. If you’re allergic to mosquitoes, a bite could result in swelling, rashes, and even lead to sores.
What’s the best way to keep mosquitoes off your property? Mosquitoes don’t travel far in their lifetime, so the best way to prevent them is to keep them from breeding in your yard.
Here are some effective, and less effective, do-it-yourself mosquito prevention techniques.
- Effective: Get rid of all standing water, including birdbaths, ponds, puddles, and even buckets or toys collecting rainwater. Mosquitoes lay eggs in water, so removing water removes their ability to breed.
- Ineffective: Citronella candles. Although this scent has a reputation for repelling mosquitoes, recent studies have shown that they aren’t nearly as effective as they claim to be. There’s nothing wrong with lighting a candle, but don’t expect it to protect you from mosquito bites.
- Effective: Landscaping. Mosquitoes rest in trees, bushes, and tall grass. To prevent them from hanging out near your home, take some time to trim the bushes and provide fewer hiding places. By removing the places where mosquitoes rest, you’re reducing their chances to mate.
- Ineffective: Tiki torches and bonfires. There’s another idea that smoke is an effective way to repel mosquitoes. While it is true that mosquitoes don’t like smoke, this still isn’t the most effective way to repel mosquitoes. They’re only repelled by direct contact with smoke, so unless you’re standing in the smoke, you won’t be protected.
Best Option For Total Mosquito Control
The most effective option for mosquito control is to partner with professionals. Pestmaster® Services has years of experience taking care of mosquitoes. We know where these pests hide, where they mate, and where they breed.
Our mosquito control begins with an inspection. We’ll check your property for attracting factors like standing water or dense vegetation. We then help you make environmental changes to prevent mosquitoes and make sure you aren’t inviting them in.
We’ll create a treatment plan with you, whether that means one-time treatment before a big event or seasonal treatment to keep your property almost free of mosquitoes throughout the year. No matter what your needs are, we’ll help you fulfill them quickly and effectively. Take your home back from these dangerous pests this summer.