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Pests Problem

Ways to Kill or Control Mosquitoes

MosquitoControlSummer is so close that it is pretty much bearing down on us. Many of us are having fantasies of beaches and backyard barbecues with family after a long hard winter. It is well deserved after one of the most intense winters in the US.

What you don’t want to be doing is sitting in your backyard on that first perfect evening, entertaining friends, and having to constantly slap your legs, arms and the back of your neck trying to kill mosquitoes. If you don’t take precautions then you’ll yard could become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and they can quickly push you out of your own comfort zone.

That’s not the way it should be and Mosquito Squad is going to do all they can to make sure that it doesn’t happen like that to you. Let’s first get a quick reminder of the basics of mosquito control.

Kill or Control Those Mosquitoes in Your Yard

Control Measures

Mosquitoes require water to breed and thrive. The more standing water that you have on your property then the more breeding ground you are providing to the mosquitoes to be fruitful and multiply. You don’t want that.

Eliminate water sources in your yard by:

Drilling holes in the bottom of trash receptacles and recycling containers so that water drains out of them and directly into the ground.

Fill in low areas of property with so that puddles can’t form. Know where puddles form on your property by walking after rain storms often.

Clean gutters and keep them unclogged.

Turn watering cans, trash receptacles and anything else that can hold water upside down when not in use.

What’s the Best Chemical Control Measure for Mosquitoes?

Deet: Effective at repelling mosquitoes but has an odor and leave a greasy film on the skin as well as ruin some clothing.

Picaridin: Is a current mosquito repellent champion developed by Bayer in the 1980s. It is odorless and does not leave a film on the skin. Some experts are wary of Picaridin until more testing and time has elapsed.

Citronella: An oil that is naturally present and extracted from a plant. Citronella works best in areas of enclosed space but is less effective as a mosquito control measure in wide open environments.

Killing Mosquitoes

Zappers are largely ineffective for mosquitos because, unlike other flying bugs, mosquitoes are not attracted to light. Sure, an occasional mosquito might wander into a zapper but they are mostly ineffective as a control measure.

Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, the gas that human expel when they breathe out. The most effective control and killing measure for mosquitoes are traps that produce carbon dioxide (odorless and harmless to humans and animals) that lures the mosquitoes into a trap where they die.

The professionals at Mosquito Squad can answer all of your questions and be of assistance in your mosquito control.

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