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Mosquito Control

Mosquito Control

Mosquito Infestations

Mosquitoes—perhaps the world’s most hated pest—can pose a significant health threat beyond a lingering itch. They are well known for spreading a number of infectious diseases, including Zika, West Nile virus, and malaria. Like other insects, mosquito activity and breeding patterns are highly dependent on temperature. For residents in warmer parts of the country, this means that mosquitoes will be active for a significantly longer portion of the year.

Barrier Spray Service

Barrier spray protection systems are periodic treatments applied to your yard by a mosquito control professional. During the height of mosquito season, a technician will visit your home about every three weeks to apply the treatment. The length of time a treatment will last depends largely on the type of product used as well as the weather and your watering schedule. It’s best to spray after a sprinkler system has finished a cycle and when storms are not expected.

Since more homeowners are looking for more natural alternatives to traditional pesticides, many mosquito elimination companies offer spray systems that use botanical ingredients. Pyrethrum, a plant extract, is commonly used by mosquito control companies because it paralyzes and kills mosquitoes but does not pose any threat to people, animals, or plants. Some companies still offer a more traditional pesticide spray in addition to plant-based, organic options because traditional mosquito sprays typically have more staying power. Talk to your mosquito control professional to determine which option is best for you.

Misting Systems

If you’re concerned that a spray treatment may not keep your yard’s mosquito problem under control, consider having a misting system installed. Instead of having a mosquito control technician come to your home periodically, an automatic misting system releases brief sprays at several key times each day.

The misting system itself is composed of a system controller and a network of nozzles. The nozzles are strategically and discreetly installed around your property for the most effective mosquito control. The system is then programmed by a technician and refilled as needed. Since the material is released several times per day instead of monthly, most misting systems use plant-based, organic material. Many misting systems can be controlled with a remote control or smartphone application, so if the mosquitoes need more—or less—encouragement to stay away from your yard, you can always adjust the number of sprays.

Special Event Sprays

If you’re planning an outdoor party, reunion, wedding, or other special event, contact a mosquito control company to learn about one-time, special event services. Most companies will treat your yard one or two days before the scheduled event and use the longer-lasting barrier protection spray.