While mosquito season is usually associated with hot summer months, it's actually proving to be a year-round event here in Eastern North Carolina. The team at Pestech of Greenville is committed to keeping you and your family safe by reducing pests. Here are five easy ways to prevent mosquitoes on your property this summer:
1. Get your yard sprayed by Pestech of Greenville
To decrease mosquitoes on your property, we recommend adding mosquito control to your quarterly service. Our integrated pest management technicians are trained in various measures to reduce mosquito populations. We use North Carolina approved larvicide pellets and insecticide mists to kill adult mosquitoes and prevent mosquito larvae from hatching. We are fully licensed, insured, and guarantee results. We have less than a five perfect respray rating, which means we rarely go back to the same home twice in a quarter.
2. Reduce standing water
Standing water is the best place for mosquitoes to breed since water is necessary for mosquito eggs to hatch into larvae. These pesky bugs can lay 100 eggs at one time. They can even lay eggs in something with as little water as a bottle cap of water. Eliminating any source of standing water can help prevent this from occurring. Some of the most common sources of standing water in a yard include:
3. Plant natural mosquito repellant plants
If you're looking for a more natural way to repel mosquitoes while growing your garden, several mosquito repellant plants are available. Some of the most popular ones include citronella, lavender, lemon balm, marigold, basil, lemongrass, and peppermint. Some, like lemon balm, work best when crushed up and rubbed into your skin. Be sure to plant any of these plants in or around areas where you want to deter mosquitoes. Like any plant, some work better in a garden, while others work best in pots.
4. Clean up your yard
Just like getting rid of any standing water, it's essential to keep other areas of your yard clean.
5. Increase air circulation by adding fans on patios or decks
Another great way to keep yourself cool in the hot summer months and repel mosquitoes is to add a fan to your patio or deck. Mosquitoes can't fly well against wind. This explains why you see so many on the hot, humid summer days. Carbon dioxide is one of the primary chemicals which attracts mesquites to a host. Using a fan will dilute and disperses the carbon dioxide you exhale- making you less of a target. When choosing a fan, go for one that can generate high wind speed and cover as large an area as possible.