With all the hustling and bustling that accompanies warm springtime weather, homeowners should make sure they don't miss the arrival of these dangerous insects. Like many other types of blood-sucking pests, mosquitoes pose a significant threat to the health, wealth, and happiness of residents everywhere. Using a long proboscis, mosquitoes puncture flesh with chemicals that dilate blood vessels and prevent immediate blood coagulation. Once mosquitoes have drunk their fill and flown away, humans will experience the secondary effects of the bite: swelling and itching. The chemicals used to block the human immune system response and lubricate the mosquito's proboscis will create raised welts that itch for hours or even days. Here in the United States, there are over 175 different species of mosquitoes. There are over 3,500 unique specimens found worldwide.
Mosquitoes may initially look like an insignificant backyard nuisance, but the truth is that these hungry insects are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals on the planet. From a single bite, mosquitoes can transfer diseases such as:
- West Nile virus
- Yellow fever
- Exotic and extremely deadly illnesses such as Zika virus and malaria
If mosquito prevention has not been high on your radar in the past, today may be the best time to get started with a professional mosquito abatement plan.
Ways Homeowners Try (And Fail) To Control Mosquito Infestations
Because a high mosquito presence in the lawn is so vastly underestimated, homeowners often attempt to control growing populations on their own. Unfortunately, many of these DIY mixtures or other over-the-counter remedies are only partially effective at best. Here is a comprehensive list of ways that homeowners try (and usually fail) to manage mosquito populations around the home on their own.
- Tiki Torches: They might look great at your next outdoor barbecue, but the truth is that tiki torches are not very good at doing their jobs. In fact, some scientists believe that these items, including citronella candles, may attract more mosquitoes than they dissuade!
- Bug Zappers: Electric shock bug zappers may pose more of a danger to yourself than your backyard mosquitoes.
- Vinegar Mixtures: The mere scent of these concoctions will run your family out of the house, but they will do little to keep mosquito populations down.
- Solar Powered UV Traps: Although these traps do kill a small number of mosquitoes, UV traps have been known to kill many beneficial insects as well.
Thankfully, there are some mosquito mitigation techniques that may be successful with intentional use. These are:
- Eliminating Standing Water Sources: Mosquitoes can breed in water sources that are as small as the inside of a bottle cap. Remove all water sources in your backyard, and treat fountains, ponds, and bird baths with specialized mosquito larvicide.
- Trimming Back Or Pruning All Vegetation: Remove trees and bushes from the sides of the home, and manage the length of your cut grass.
- Removing Dips Or Puddles From The Lawn: Fill up holes, dips, and other areas that collect water in your yard by filling in the gaps with topsoil or fill dirt.
For more expert advice or helpful tips, schedule a free home inspection with Innovative Pest Control now.
Wise Up With Innovative Pest Control
Despite what some internet sources affirm, many at-home pest control methods are virtually impotent against the swarms of springtime mosquito hordes. That’s where professional mosquito control comes in. By using highly-researched chemical compounds on a predictable monthly basis, professional abatements are more effective at combating mosquitoes than citronella candles or tiki torches.
Ready to get started on a pest-free lawn this spring? Contact Innovative Pest Control today to discover the best pest control plan for you and your family.