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Mosquitoes have become more of a problem than ever, with warmer weather increasing populations all over the United States. Without the colder temperatures of winter to kill off these annoying and potentially dangerous insects, it’s more important than ever to focus on preventing mosquitoes in your yard. Dealing with mosquitoes can be frustrating, and it’s hard to know how to keep them from invading your property. The best chance at protection from mosquitoes involves the principles of Integrated Pest Management, which Connor’s Termite & Pest Control specializes in!
Ineffective mosquito prevention
Mosquitoes are pesky and can be dangerous, which is why it’s so important to properly prevent them from becoming a problem. Some of the most commonly used methods of preventing them simply don’t cut it:
- Bug spray: While it might keep mosquitoes at bay for a short time, it’s not guaranteed and it’s never a long-term solution.
- Citronella candles: Unfortunately, they can only work in a limited area. Again–not a long-term solution.
- Chemicals: spraying massive amounts of chemicals across your entire backyard may work for a little bit, but it’s not effective long-term! Chemical-laced products are not good for the environment and can be dangerous for humans, too.
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Protecting your yard from mosquitoes
Here at Connor’s, we focus on permanent solutions and effective prevention. This requires knowing a little bit about mosquitoes, and the conditions that allow them to thrive. Here are our top tips for long-term prevention:
- Get rid of standing water: Mosquitoes need to breed in water, and they will use any size puddle or container to do so, including planters, buckets, ponds, and tarps. If you have standing water in your yard that you’d like to keep, like a pond or birdbath, consider adding bacteria that can kill mosquito larvae.
- Use plants that repel mosquitoes: There are many plants that mosquitoes find repulsive, including rosemary, citronella, and marigolds.
- Get the air moving: Mosquitoes do not like wind or breezes! If you have a covered patio, consider installing a ceiling fan or place an outdoor standing fan to move around the air.
Keeping mosquitoes away for good
Using a combination of the above tips, your yard should be mosquito-free. If you still have mosquitoes in your backyard after all of this work, it’s time to talk to a pest control expert about specific chemicals or further solutions to test. The team at Connor’s Termite & Pest Control is determined to help keep you and your family safe from mosquitoes not just in the summer but year-round. Give us a call to learn how we can help!Back to Mosquito Exterminators – Control – Abatement
Preventing Mosquitoes in Your Yard in Virginia
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