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Top Mosquito Control Tips
Mosquitos are some of the most irritating creatures on the planet. They cause pain, carry disease, and when they buzz in your ear — wow, they’re annoying. If you agree but have been dealing with a large population of mosquitos lately, here are some mosquito control tips you can leverage to eliminate some of the issues.
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More Mosquito Control Tips
As stated prior, mosquitoes are dangerous and annoying. Therefore, you should take steps to eliminate them when possible. Running them off may be effective but not easy. So instead, we recommend you take steps to limit their population and keep them from propagating.
Keep mosquitoes out using fly screens
Mosquitoes are small creatures that can easily fly through the smallest of cracks. Fortunately, many home improvement stores sell fly screens that you apply in areas throughout the home to prevent mosquito invasions.
We recommend placing fly screens in any area that is open to the outside, especially if that area is moist.
These are some areas where you should consider placing a fly screen:
For pond and pool owners, the problem may be difficult to resolve without help. We use products to kill mosquito eggs, but there is no guarantee of completely preventing infestations. They also do not kill adult mosquitoes that already wreak havoc on your property.
Other areas to consider include:
- Your pet’s water bowls
- Swimming pools
- Leaky taps
Keep stagnant water off of your property
Mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in stagnant water. So, if you have stagnant water in many areas throughout your property, mosquitoes will flock to those areas and reproduce. Breeding mosquito populations are a problem because they breed in massive numbers. Therefore, it is important that you look for any source of stagnant water and implement a solution immediately.
A good place to start is your yard. Clean up and get rid of anything that would allow water to collect and sit for a prolonged period of time. For example, many people leave empty plant pots sitting in their yards, allowing them to fill with water. This is a perfect place for mosquitos to nest, so you need to be cautious. Likewise, gutters and drains are common for water to collect and stagnate. Clean your gutters regularly to avoid mosquitoes building a presence in those areas.
Use insect sprays or repellants
After you have stopped mosquitoes from breeding on your property, you need to kill the ones that remain. The best way to do this is by using insect sprays and repellants. We use them both indoors and outdoors to kill mosquitos quickly. Although, you should ensure that you use the sprays according to the directions listed on the product you use. Furthermore, repellent devices like mosquito coils or zappers require constant monitoring to prevent electrical fires from starting in or around your home. It is also important to remember that insect sprays and repellants should not be used in areas where children or pets are present. Additionally, read the instructions on the product label and store all products away from children and pets. If you need help choosing a suitable spray, contact an OmnisPest professional today! We can help answer any questions.
When to Get Help
Performing all of the steps listed above is sure to be a time-consuming and stressful process, especially if you do not know exactly what to do to get the job done. Worse yet, sometimes people fail to implement the steps correctly, eventually reinvigorating mosquito populations. If you are dealing with a substantial mosquito infestation, the best thing to do is let us implement these mosquito control tips.
Sure, you could do it yourself, but is it worth the risk? All it takes is one infected mosquito biting you or a family member to cause a terrible disease. So we think you shouldn’t take the chance.
Instead, have the professionals at OMNIS Pest Control take action using our mosquito control tips.
Public Mosquito Control
You may have heard about public mosquito control before, but you are not sure exactly what it is. Public health organizations actually use Integrated Mosquito Management concepts to protect public health and the environment.
These methods involve the large-scale use of public insecticide sprays as well as non-chemical control methods. Surprisingly, tactics like using biological species like birds, bats, and dragonflies are common amongst public mosquito control agencies.
Controlling larvae is critical too. This is sometimes done using chemical assistance, but parasites and mosquito fish may be leveraged as well. All of these actions could impact the number of mosquitoes on your property, but remember that they are not entering your properly to perform these tasks. Therefore, a large population of mosquitoes will persist on your property if you do not enact our mosquito control tips.
What Are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitos are a very common type of flying insect that is present in nearly every part of the world. There are more than 3,500 types of mosquitoes, only some of which are present in the U.S. Though, not all mosquitos are like the ones you recognize. Only some bite people.
Yet, the ones that do bite you can cause a number of issues because mosquitos are a common vector of disease. They spread pathogens through their bites and make people and animals sick. Mosquitos that bite and do not spread pathogens are nuisance mosquitos.
An adult mosquito can survive indoors or outdoors if appropriate resources are nearby. However, they can also bite you at any time of the day, so watch out. A mosquito will gladly feed on you even if the sun is out. They can only do so for a few weeks, though, as mosquitos only live for about four weeks at the maximum.
Another curious fact is that only female mosquitoes bite people to feed on their blood. The blood they consume contributes to their process of creating eggs and eventually giving birth. The ones that do consume blood are easily infected with the same diseases carried by their victims. These diseases then spread to any people or animals that they bite in the future.
Are Mosquitos Dangerous?
Absolutely. Mosquitos carry dangerous pathogens that can sometimes cause fatal illness. In fact, it only takes a small number of mosquitoes entering a community and biting people to start a large outbreak. Therefore, allowing mosquitoes to persist on your property is a recipe for disaster.
The best thing to do if you have an overwhelming number of mosquitoes on your property is to implement some of the following mosquito control tips we recommend.
Trust Our Mosquito Control Tips?
If everything you have read so far sounds like it would work. Still, if you do not have the time to get the job done yourself, rely on OMNIS Pest Control for quick and efficient mosquito control services. We are trusted in the Colorado community and have had thousands of satisfied customers.
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