Best Mosquito Traps
The best mosquito traps on the market can reduce the problems these pests pose to you and your yard. As a pest control company with nearly 10 years of experience, we understand the pros and cons of each trap. To be sure, there is no substitute for regular professional pest control. However, it does help to take other mosquito control measures. To direct you to the most effective methods, we have the pros and cons of each type of mosquito trap.
Without a doubt, sticky traps are an inexpensive way to trap mosquitoes. Additionally, they do not use insecticides, which is beneficial to people and pets who are sensitive to chemicals. These traps work equally well inside and outdoors. To get the best results from sticky traps, hang them when the weather begins to warm up. This will catch mosquitoes before they start to multiply.
Throw sticky traps away when they become covered with insects. The biggest drawback with these traps is their unsightly appearance. Moreover, sticky traps easily adhere to surfaces like curtains and can be difficult to remove.
Unquestionably, foggers are an effective way to relieve your property of mosquitoes. Specifically, they spray clouds of insecticide, killing adult mosquitoes that stumble into the fog. Although the effect is immediate, there are a few drawbacks to foggers. Firstly, foggers contain powerful insecticides that can irritate people and animals with sensitive respiratory systems.
Moreover, foggers aren’t the best mosquito traps for the long term. That’s because the chemical clouds they create quickly diffuse. Therefore, you must use foggers frequently for optimal results. Specifically, use foggers every two days for the first week to interrupt the mosquito breeding cycle. After that, you can cut back fogging to once a week.
Dunks Are Among the Best Mosquito Traps
Small, doughnut-shaped floatable larvicide briquettes, called mosquito dunks, are put in bodies of water like fountains, ponds, and swimming pools. Additionally, place dunks in garden soil that accumulates lots of moisture during heavy rains. This prevents mosquitoes from breeding in your yard.
Safe for humans and animals, mosquito dunks don’t pose the same threat as chemical products like foggers. However, this pest control product only treats larvae, not adult mosquitoes. As a result, you must use other mosquito repellents to control these pests thoroughly. Optimally, you must replace mosquito dunks every 30 days.
Many Best Mosquito Traps Involve Misting
Timed-released outdoor misting systems can control mosquitoes outdoors. Ideally, two or three short mists a day keep mosquitoes at bay. Unlike foggers, the droplets in misting systems are much smaller and don’t float away. This allows for more accurate application. However, because misting systems contain chemical pesticides, please use them cautiously around livestock, barns, restaurants, factories, boat docks, and other public spaces.
Repellents Are Some of the Best Mosquito Traps
There are many mosquito repellents, showing just how prevalent these pests are. As mosquito pest control experts, OMNIS has advice on which repellents are most effective for your needs.
Most compelling evidence shows that the best mosquito repellents contain DEET. In fact, the Center for Disease Control recommends DEET and picaridin as the most effective products on the market to prevent mosquito-borne diseases.
To demonstrate, “OFF! Deep Woods” repellent, which contains 24% DEET, offers mosquito protection of up to five hours. This product works best when sprayed directly to the surface of your skin. That is to say, wristbands treated with DEET are not nearly as effective as sprays. Although DEET is EPA-approved, it may not be desirable for people who dislike applying chemicals to their bodies. Furthermore, it’s important to keep this repellent away from the eyes.
As an alternative to DEET, some use Avon’s Skin-So-Soft bath oil as a mosquito repellent. Although this product does not last nearly as long as those containing DEET, it can keep mosquitos away for short periods. Specifically, that’s because this product contains picaridin, which does repel mosquitoes.
Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil Spray
Essential oils are also a welcome alternative to chemical repellents. To make your own mosquito repellent, find a 4-ounce spray bottle. Combine 2 ounces of distilled water with 1 ounce of witch hazel. Add 2 teaspoons of lemon eucalyptus oil, shake the bottle, and spray directly onto your skin.
LED Light Bulbs vs. Conventional Light Bulbs
Because LED lights emit significantly fewer ultraviolet rays, they attract less mosquitoes. Therefore, it’s a good idea to illuminate outdoor areas with LED lights, rather than conventional bulbs, which draw mosquitoes in droves.
The Best Mosquito Traps Use UV Light
Electronic mosquito traps use a combination of UV lights and carbon dioxide to lure these pests. When the mosquitoes approach, they get sucked into a fan and then swept into a chamber, where they die. This mosquito trap has the advantage of being completely free of pesticides and chemicals.
Some overlook the fact that electronic insect killers that employ UV lights are very effective, but don’t offer the widespread impact of foggers and misters.
Even the Best Mosquito Traps Are No Substitute for OMNIS
While it may be true that the best mosquito traps reduce the impact of these pests, there is a far better way to rid your yard of mosquitoes. Regular service from a professional pest control company like OMNIS affords optimal pest control. Contact us today to reclaim your yard. Our semi-autonomous drones can safely and efficiently spray every inch of your property, so it becomes a mosquito-free zone.