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How to get rid of mosquitoes

No one wants to be out in their yard and find themselves being bitten by mosquitoes. More than just an annoyance, mosquitoes are known vectors of a number of potentially serious diseases. These diseases range from malaria to West Nile Virus and Zika. Some of those disease can create serious health problems and have long term effects on those bitten.

If you find you have mosquitoes in you yard or around your property, there are things you can do to get rid of them. The best way is to contact your local Western Exterminator office and ask for our home and business mosquito removal and prevention solutions. However, there are ways to get rid of and prevent mosquitoes around your property, as well.

Why are mosquitoes on your property?

Mosquitoes seek out blood meals from humans and mammals. They have special senses that allow them to seek out humans in order to feed from them. Mosquitoes prefer it to be a little bit cooler than the blazing hot noonday sun in the middle of July, so they hid out in shady areas, usually near vegetation, until dusk or dawn hours. This is why you can be outside in the hot sun during the afternoon in the summer and not be bother by mosquitoes. However, you take your dog for a walk after dinner and find yourself eaten alive.

This means that mosquitoes are around your property if they have plenty of areas where they can hide during the day. They may also be there if you have lots of areas with standing water, such as bird baths or ponds, where they lay their eggs. Mosquitoes seek out blood meals in order to lay eggs, so an area of standing water is very attractive to them.

How to prevent mosquitoes

One of the best ways to stop mosquitoes from biting is to prevent them from hatching their eggs and coming to your property in the first place. This means doing some property maintenance to prevent them from using your property.

  • Get rid of vegetation. Make sure they have fewer areas to hide in during the day and afternoon hours. Cutting away overgrown vegetation reduces those shaded areas for them to hide in. They will move elsewhere.
  • Get rid of standing water. If you have flower pots filled with water or other objects in the yard filled with water, empty them out. If you have a pond, get an agitator to keep the water moving. Even a small current is enough to get mosquitoes to find somewhere else to lay eggs. If you have a fish pond, some species of fish eat mosquito larvae.
  • Install fans on porches or patios. Mosquitoes are such weak flyers that an overhead fan or installing fans on areas where you want to congregate during dusk and dawn hours is enough to keep them from flying to you.
  • Plant mosquito repellent plans. There are plants like lavender, lemon grass, catnip, basil and lemon scented herbs, rosemary and garlic which not only look great in your garden, but also have mosquito repellent capabilities.
  • Use DEET. If you insist on being out during the dusk and dawn hours, you should use a repellent that includes DEET. This is by far the most effective chemical to repel mosquitoes.
  • Wear long sleeves. If you are going to be out during the prime mosquito feeding hours, the less skin showing the better. Long sleeves, pants and enclosed shoes are the order of the day.

How to get rid of mosquitoes in the house

It is difficult to get rid of mosquitoes outside and around your property beyond the steps listed above. If the insects are already using your property. If you take a moment to do the prevention methods listed above, you can get rid of mosquitoes around your property.

However, to make sure you don't end up with mosquitoes inside the house, take precautions, here too, via the following:

  • Ensure windows have screens. If you have windows open, make sure they all have screens and also ensure the screens do not have holes in them. Mosquitoes are small and will use any opening to get inside.
  • Be careful opening doors. The best thing to do is not open and close the doors during the dawn and dusk hours. Mosquitoes can fly in while you are trying to get in or out. Keep the doors shut during those times and ensure the door have sweeps which go all the way to the ground at the bottom.
  • Use fans inside. Remember, mosquitoes do not fly well in heavy winds or even slightly disturbed air. If you have doors open, include fans running inside.

Western Exterminator gets rid of mosquitoes

The good news for homeowners is that Western Exterminator pest control specialists are ready to help get rid of mosquitoes and offer solutions that will keep them away from your property. We can treat your backyard so that you can enjoy the outdoors even during dusk and dawn without having to worry about mosquito bites. Our solutions get rid of adult and larval mosquitoes, as well as their eggs, too.

The first step is to contact your local Western Exterminator office and speak to one of our specialists. We'll do a property inspection and provide you with the mosquito treatment necessary to get rid of mosquitoes and to prevent them from returning.


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