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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.

Western Exterminator’s Mosquito Service Plan provides season-long protection with monthly barrier treatments for your yard. Benefits include:

  • Reduces populations of mosquitoes
  • Prevents mosquito reproduction
  • Fast-acting, long-lasting, odor-free products
  • Also helps control ticks in your yard
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How to prevent mosquitoes in the yard

One of the best ways to get rid of mosquitoes is to prevent them from hatching their eggs and coming onto your property in the first place. This means doing some property maintenance to prevent them from using your property. There are six main ways to prevent mosquitoes from making their home in your yard:

  • Eliminate standing water on your property - This can help reduce mosquito populations around your property. Mosquitoes only need a tablespoon of water to breed and lay their eggs. 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.
  • Prevent stagnant water from collecting in objects outside - Common spots for water to collect are flower pots, watering cans, weed buckets, wheelbarrows, birdbaths, and garbage cans. If you see water building up on these spots, remove the water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
  • Check your gutters - Make sure that water is draining properly and all wet leaves are removed. This will prevent pools of water from building up where mosquitoes can breed.
  • Keep your lawn trimmed - Adult mosquitoes hide and rest in tall grass. 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.
  • Move play equipment and patio furniture - Move all equipment and patio furniture away from dense foliage areas. Mosquitoes like to hide in these areas, and being close to them will make it easier for mosquitoes to bite you.
  • Use fans outside - This will help keep air circulating. 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.

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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.

How to prevent mosquito bites

If you are still suffering from mosquito bites, there are a few things that you can do in order to reduce the chance of getting mosquito bites in the future. Because while you may have taken steps to protect your property, you may be exposed to mosquitoes if you spend time outside. In order to fully enjoy the summer months, there are ways you can personally protect yourself to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Wear insect repellent - Specifically, wear insect repellent that has an EPA-registered active ingredient such as DEET. Apply repellent to ankles and other exposed areas of skin. The higher the percentage of active ingredient, the longer the repellent will last. For maximum protection, apply sunscreen first before applying insect repellent.
  • Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn - Plan your activities accordingly. Dusk and dawn are peak feeding times for mosquitoes, which increase the likelihood of getting a mosquito bite.
  • Wear mosquito resistant outfits - Long sleeved shirts and pants that are light in color are ideal clothing if you have to be out at dusk or dawn. Mosquitoes are attracted to darker clothing. Also, avoid wearing heavily scented lotions, shampoos, and perfumes or scents.

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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.

*Offer expires 12/31/2020. Offer available to residential customers who purchase a new mosquito service plan. Only one discount per mosquito service plan per customer.  This offer does not apply to commercial pest plans. The $25 discount will be deducted from the initial service. Cannot be combined with any other offers or coupons. Offer details subject to change.


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