How to Prepare for Mosquitoes in the Spring
Most people can’t wait for the Spring season to come about as snow melts, the weather gets warmer, and flowers bloom; but one thing not so great about the Spring is bugs! Spring is the time of year when these pests make their triumphant return. This blog will cover how to prepare your home or business for mosquitos and help you to avoid a major outbreak when the summer months roll around.
Before you learn how to prevent mosquitos, you must know what causes them to take over in the first place to avoid them in the future. It’s important to realize that these pests come around earlier than you think: while April and March are prime months for mosquitos, these bloodsucking creatures only need a temperature of 50 degrees to thrive. They love warmer temperatures and humid, moisture-filled areas. This means you’re bound to be surrounded by mosquitoes if you live near a creek, river, or anywhere with standing water, such as birdbaths or leaking gutters!
Additionally, mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide that humans and animals give off by using their receptors and vision to find warm, dark, moisture-filled areas. Oddly enough, they’re also attracted to darker clothing.
In regards to mosquitos invading your home or business, they like to rest in dark, humid places such as under sinks and showers, closets, in and under furniture, and in laundry rooms. Once they’ve invaded your living space, they can start laying eggs indoors, which could lead to an infestation or worse!
Mosquito control is essential to participate in before the warmer months come around for many reasons. Not only will they give you itchy bites and make you scratch constantly, but you also run the risk of potentially being exposed to malaria, zika virus, yellow fever, and many other deadly diseases mosquitoes carry. Take control of mosquitoes before they take control of you, and learn many ways to prepare.
Some of the best preventive measures to take include maintaining your property and altering areas that attract water, such as old buckets, low points in the ground, HVAC condensation containers, drainage pipes, and other problematic sources of moisture.
While taking preventive measures is a great way to get ahead of the problem, sometimes it’s too late. There are a variety of mosquito repellents that work for specific areas or target specific mosquito issues. There is also an abundance of home remedies you can try for extra precaution!
A few popular mosquito repellent products include
- Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller
- Thermacell Repellent E-Series Rechargeable Repeller with 20’ Protection Zone
- OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent Aerosol
- Mosquito repellent bracelets
- Sallye Ander “No-Bite-Me” All-Natural Bug & Insect Repellent
Successful home remedies/scents to prevent mosquitos include:
- Lemon eucalyptus oil
- Lavender fragrance
- Cinnamon oil
- Thyme oil
- Soybean oil
With mosquitoes being attracted to dark, moist areas, keeping up with lawn care and cutting the grass short is essential to keep the mosquitoes from making a home in your yard. In addition to keeping up with yard care, there are quite a few plants that act as a repellent that you can plant around your property, such as lavender, marigold, lemon grass, catmint, and rosemary. There are also plenty of sprays and other treatments you can apply that won’t damage your grass or vegetation!
With up to 3,500 species worldwide and 40 in Arizona alone, you’re bound to run into a mosquito problem sooner or later. That’s why at Burns Pest Elimination, you can count on us to inspect and discuss a variety of treatment plans to keep your life mosquito-free. We have the experience, knowledge, and equipment to eliminate these pests from your property.