In the spring and summer, many people travel to NYC and Long Island for their yearly vacations. In addition to tourists flocking to our amazing area this time of year, mosquitoes also come out to enjoy the nice weather. Despite their small size, these pests can put a damper on your outdoor activities and transform your once-relaxing backyard into a nightmare.
Not only do mosquitoes leave you with itchy and unsightly bite marks, but they can also transmit diseases like the Zika Virus and West Nile Virus. That’s why it’s crucial to keep these pests away from you and your loved ones. Don’t let pesky mosquitoes ruin your outdoor activities this summer!
Tried and True Mosquito Prevention Methods
When trying to keep mosquitoes out of your yard it is important to know which methods are most effective. Below are proven ways to keep mosquitoes out of your home or yard:
- Add mosquito netting to your doors and windows: Enjoying a refreshing summer breeze in your home is one of the best parts of summer, but leaving your windows open can invite pests like mosquitoes into your home. To prevent these unwanted guests from entering your home and disturbing your family, we recommend installing mosquito netting or screens on any open doors or windows. This simple solution blocks pests from getting indoors while allowing fresh summer air to flow through your home.
- Mosquito traps: Mosquito traps are one of the most efficient ways to prevent infestations. These traps work by emitting heat or carbon dioxide, similar to humans. When the mosquito enters the trap, preparing for their next meal, they get stuck on sticky paper, trapped in a container, or zapped by electricity.
- Remove standing water: Female mosquitoes seek out even the smallest pools of stagnant water to lay their eggs. To protect your yard from unwittingly providing mosquitoes with a nursery, it is important to drain any water from items such as buckets, children’s toys, flower pots, and any other items that will catch water. By eliminating all potential sources of standing water, you will deter mosquitoes from invading your yard and spoiling your outdoor activities.
Methods That Will Leave You Itching
Tackling a mosquito infestation in your yard can be a real pain. These methods do not provide relief from mosquitoes, leaving you itching:
- Bug zappers: Bug zappers may do a great job of getting rid of many insects around your patio, but when it comes to tackling mosquitoes, they are ineffective at best. They work by luring insects towards their light and “zapping” them, which is great for insects that are attracted to light. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, are attracted to body heat or the carbon dioxide humans and animals exhale. Ironically, bug zappers can worsen your mosquito problems by killing insects that normally eat mosquitoes.
- Essential oils: Recently, essential oils have gained popularity as a natural mosquito repellent. While some oils like eucalyptus can keep some mosquitoes at bay, relying on essential oils alone for consistent, long-lasting protection against mosquitoes is far from effective. If you wish to repel mosquitoes and save yourself from an itchy evening, it’s best to use EPA-approved DEET or picaridin containing repellents. These repellents can help keep you pest-free while outdoors.
Professional Mosquito Control
No matter how hard you try, it can be impossible to completely rid your yard of mosquitoes without professional assistance. Instead of hiding indoors, contact the experts at Arrow Exterminating Company, Inc. Our highly trained technicians will be able to eliminate mosquitoes or any other pests from your yard so you can get back to enjoying your summer. Contact us today for a free quote, and let us make your yard a mosquito-free zone!