Mosquitoes are a problem across the world, and San Tan Valley is no exception. If you plan to spend a lot of time in your backyard this summer, you’ll want to take some steps to minimize the mosquito presence so you can actually enjoy the outdoors. Here’s everything you should know about mosquito control in our area.
Mosquito Fast Facts
- Only female mosquitoes bite. They need blood from mammals to nourish their eggs.
- Mosquitoes nest in thick foliage, tall grass, and dense plants.
- Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water.
- The buzzing sound mosquitoes make comes from the beating of their wings.
- Mosquitoes are considered one of the most dangerous animals on the planet.
- Mosquitoes transmit diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, Zika, and more.
Minimizing Mosquitoes In Your Yard
Now that you know a bit about mosquitoes, it’s time to look into how to prevent them from hanging out around your home. Here are some effective and less effective strategies.
Effective Strategies For Mosquito Control
The best way to prevent mosquitoes is to remove any and all standing water from your property. Mosquitoes don’t travel far, so if they’re in your yard it’s probably because they were born there. Check for puddles, containers collecting water, and even stopped drains for water that could be a mosquito breeding ground.
The second effective trick for mosquito control is to get rid of their nesting sites. Keep the grass trimmed and the trees cut back to give mosquitoes fewer hiding and nesting places in your yard.
Ineffective Strategies For Mosquito Control
The two tips above are the most effective ways to prevent mosquitoes. You may have heard of other techniques, though, such as tiki torches, citronella candles, and bug spray.
Tiki torches and citronella candles repel mosquitoes, but only in a very small area. The mosquito won’t fly around the candle, but a candle on the porch won’t actually protect the entire porch. The same goes for tiki torches. Mosquitoes will avoid the smoke, but unless you’re standing directly in the smoke, you probably aren’t protected.
Bug spray is effective for minimizing bites, but it can be dangerous to constantly spray yourself and your family with the harsh chemicals in most bug sprays. To be effective, you’ll need to reapply often and heavily, exposing yourself to unhealthy amounts of chemicals.
Benefits Of Professional Mosquito Control
The most effective way to deal with mosquitoes is to contact the professionals at Ozone Pest Control. We have options if you want to keep your home protected all summer long, or if you just need to clear mosquitoes out before a big event.
We target areas where mosquitoes are most likely to nest. We also check your property for standing water or other attracting factors that may be calling mosquitoes over. We focus on making environmental changes that will cause long-lasting results.
When we do use chemicals, we have the equipment and materials to do so safely, without putting you or your family at risk. If mosquitoes are taking over your lawn, call Ozone Pest Control today for an effective solution that will make your summer much less itchy.