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Residential Mosquito Control

Whether you live in a home or an apartment, the presence of mosquitoes in and around your place of residence can become a literal pain in the neck, that is why you need to think about residential mosquito control.  When attempting to spend time outdoors to soak in the sun or get some fresh air, mosquitoes can take away all the enjoyment with their blood-sucking tendencies. However, not only do mosquitoes put a damper on summer days and evenings with their itchy bites, they can also be a dangerous cause for concern because of their potential to carry deadly illnesses like Malaria or the Zika virus.

Solutions Pest & Lawn has a variety of answers to mosquito control which you can carry out yourself without the need for hiring a pest control professional which may charge rates that you may not have a budget for. You can save a ton of money by simply purchasing high-quality professional grade mosquito killing products, cutting out the exorbitant labor costs of a professional performing the mosquito applications and just do them yourself.

If you’re unsure whether you are truly capable of performing a thorough mosquito control application in and around your residence, we can help you with free DIY advice. We have various helpful resources and guides on our website or you can get some expert advice by contacting us via email, phone call or online live chat where we can walk you through step-by-step how to properly perform a mosquito control program that will successfully get rid of your mosquito issue.

Shop our residential mosquito control products below. If you would like any assistance, view our how-to videos, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call us at (800) 479-6583 and we will give you all the help you need to confidently control mosquitoes on your residence.

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How To Perform Effective Residential Mosquito Control: 4 Step Solution

common house mosquito

Getting rid of mosquitoes from your yard doesn’t have to be complicated when you have the right pest control instruments at your disposal. However, you can’t just spray pesticides around randomly and think you’ve done your job. Coupling high-quality mosquito control products (like foggers, pesticides and traps) with practical pest management tips, you can overcome even the biggest mosquito outbreaks.  Here is a simple to apply four step process we have laid out that anyone can carry out to successfully eliminate pesky mosquitoes.


Step 1:
Before getting into using chemical products, it’s best to make the area around your home less appealing to mosquitoes by eliminating any standing or stagnant water. These places are where mosquitoes like to congregate, especially to lay eggs. Items and spots that may contain water include bird baths, ornamental fountains, water gardens, rain barrels without screened covers, plant pots, animal drinking containers, the crevices of plastic toys, garbage cans, old tires, buckets, tree stumps, puddles, shallow ponds, clogged gutters, obstructed downspouts, flat roofs, and yard debris.


Eliminate or empty out water from these areas as frequently as you can. If there are any areas where this can’t be done, you can apply larvacide like Altoside Pro G  to deal with any eggs that have been laid to prevent them from growing into adult mosquitoes.


Step 2:
Now it's onto using mosquito-killing chemicals. Select a product that is specifically labeled to be used on residential yards. Use an insecticide, such as Reclaim IT or Flex 10-10 as well as an insect growth regulator like Pivot 10 to spray around your yard using a hose end sprayer or backpack sprayer. For more serious infestations, use a misting blower like a Solo 451 which you can shop for below. Mix the mosquito insecticide, making sure to follow the label instructions when it comes to application amounts and rates.


Step 3:
Make sure to apply the insecticide of choice using the equipment of choice, making sure to get an even application on all shrubbery, trees, bark mulch, mulch beds and outdoor foliage. Make sure to get the top of leaves as well as the underside as mosquitoes typically hang out underneath leaves to avoid the heat from the sun in the daytime.


Step 4:
 Conduct regular repeat sprayings around every 10-14 days to keep mosquitos away and reduce their population. These steps make your property less appealing for mosquitoes to gather at and will build up a repelling effect overtime, so that you spray less often.

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Why It Is So Important To Conduct DIY Residential Mosquito Control

Mosquitoes making themselves at home around your yard can be frustrating and so can their s but these days a mosquito outbreak around your home can be a great concern because they are a health hazard.

 

When mosquitoes arrive in droves during peak times of the year such as in the summertime, they can make it next to impossible to enjoy just being out in your backyard and enjoying the fresh air. A mosquito-free yard can be a luxury that people are willing to put a high price on.



Mosquitoes can be a serious problem when the temperatures get warmer which, unfortunately, happens to be the same time you and your family want to gather outdoors and have barbecues, play games, or just relax in your patio.

 

Don’t you think it’s such a hassle that just to step outside of your front door or crack a window, you have to slater on or spray stinky repellents on your body? You may be thinking that there just has to be some other kind of way to put a stop to mosquitoes from taking over.



Fortunately, there are solutions available to you that can give you and your family the freedom to step outdoors and enjoy your yard without the threat of mosquitoes that you have to fight off from feasting on your blood.

 

Solutions Pest & Lawn wants to make it easy for the average homeowner to conduct DIY pest control around the home, especially with annoying and hazardous pests like mosquitoes. We understand that there are a lot of remedies and mosquito control options out there, but not ever solution is effective.

 

That’s why we have utilized our knowledge and many years of experience to compile the best products for residential mosquito control which are proven to work and alongside we provide guides and how-to tutorials and demonstrations so you can confidently carry out DIY mosquito control like a pro would.

 

Before we can get into our top recommendations and expert mosquito control suggestions, first we must learn a little bit about mosquitoes, their tendencies and functions because understanding mosquitoes and how they operate is power in your hands to eliminate the

 

Know Your Enemy: Mosquitoesmosquito evening

In the US alone, there are over 150 different mosquito species and they can grow from an egg to an adult very rapidly.  Mosquitoes are small flying insects which have proboscis which allows them to easily piece skin. While adult mosquitoes primary diet consists of plant nectar and juices, female mosquitoes on the other hand primarily like to feed on us.

Female mosquitoes have the job of reproduction and require a blood meal to be able to produce eggs which unfortunately puts us on their dinner menu. Female mosquitoes are about to detect that a blood meal is close by detecting carbon dioxide in the air and the odor of our skins.

 

Once females feed on enough blood, they will begin to lay eggs, but they don’t just lay eggs anywhere. Female mosquitoes ike to lay eggs in stagnant water, which a residential yard provides plenty of places for them to choose from as a egg laying site. (Some prime examples: pet dishes, bird baths, old tires, drainage ditches, etc.)

 

From there, the mosquito egg hatches and out comes the larvae. The larvae get their nutrition from plankton and bacteria found in the water. Because of this, removing as many standing water areas as possible from your yard is such an important step in the residential mosquito control process.



You may also notice that mosquitoes are most active in the evenings and early morning hours and not in the middle of the day. Those are peak mosquito breeding and feeding hours.

 

But don’t think that during those times they’ve disappeared from your yard. They are actually hiding from the sun by moving to the underside of leaves and shady areas of your yard waiting for the sun to go down the for the cool air of the evening.


The Health Threats Mosquitoes Bring

While not all species of mosquitoes feed on human blood, the ones that do are notorious for being vectors for various diseases that can be potentially transmitted to you and your pets.


When hunting for a blood meal, female mosquitoes can spread various viruses to humans and animals. Depending on the severity of the virus, humans can suffer from terrible illnesses that can even cause death. Some of these viruses you may have heard in the news like Malaria, the Zika virus and West Nile.


Mosquitoes don’t just bite humans, animals suffer from their feeding as well. As such, mosquitoes can transfer viruses from animals, such as a bird or a horse, to humans. One example of such a virus is encephalitis, which can harm the brain by making it inflamed. People with mild cases usually recover, but severe cases of encephalitis have been known to cause death.


To prevent the spread of disease to both humans and animals, it is vital to have a solid mosquito control program in place to reduce the spread of the viruses mosquitoes can transmit.

 

Mosquito Control For Mosquito Infestations Should Not Be Delayedmosquito life cycle

While most people believe summertime to be the start of mosquito season, mosquitoes actually start increasing in their presence when outdoor temperatures reach 50°F or warmer. With this being the case you shouldn’t wait for the weather to get hot in the summer to start a residential mosquito control program because by then you’ll already be getting bit up and seeing mosquitoes in droves.

 

By being proactive rather than reactive, you increase your chances of having a yard free of mosquitoes starting in the spring. By staying one step ahead, mosquitoes will be less of a problem on your property.

 

Normally, it can about a month for some mosquito control methods to effectively reduce mosquito populations. Just because you’ve applied treatment and killed off adult mosquitoes, doesn’t mean they’re all gone as there can be hundreds of eggs waiting to hatch and bring about the new generation.

 

The mosquito life cycle can vary egg to adult can vary by temperature, but it generally takes between 10 to 14 days. Females lay hundreds of eggs, which hatch within 48 hours, and adults begin breeding within 2 days after emerging. This results in mosquito populations that increase quickly when the conditions are ideal for mosquitoes.

 

Mild winters and frequent rainfall (such as common in the southern United States) can make an even more favorable environment for mosquito breeding. To combat their arrival and breeding, you need to implement a solid mosquito control program which Solutions Pest & Lawn can provide for you.

 

Additional Resources for Mosquito Control

Checkout Our Solo Backpack Fogger

 

Checkout Our MistAway Mosquito Misting Systems

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