How to Minimize Mosquitoes
A wet June has resulted in an influx of mosquitoes to kick off the summer. When the weather is gorgeous, few things can put a damper on outdoor fun like these pesky bugs. While mosquitoes may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of your Atlanta lawn care routine, there are steps you can take to make your yard less appealing to them, and we can certainly help if you need to bring in the big guns.
The Mosquito Threat
Mosquitos are notorious for their bites which leave behind unsightly bumps whose itch can linger for days. But they also present more ominous risks since they can spread diseases like the Zika and West Nile viruses. With those threats on the table, the big question is: How can you reduce mosquitoes in your Atlanta yard?
Minimize Mosquitoes: The DIY Approach
Water plays a big role in the life cycle of a mosquito. The eggs are laid in water, and the larvae and pupae live in water until they transform into adult mosquitoes. It’s not surprising that limiting standing water in your yard is a key step towards lowering the number of mosquitoes. Kiddie pools, bird baths, and water bowls are glaring sources you’ll want to empty, but don’t forget about the less obvious locations like plant drainage plates, clogged gutters, and debris that may be holding water. It doesn’t take much water or time for mosquitoes to breed, so check your yard frequently and pour out or regularly replace any standing water. Other options for battling these pests include planting natural repellants like citronella or lavender, burning citronella candles, and applying bug spray.
Minimize Mosquitoes: The Professional Approach
Despite your best attempts, mosquitoes may still present an issue even after you’ve removed all standing water because they can disperse from neighboring yards. If DIY efforts aren’t cutting it, we offer an add-on Mosquito Control Program of monthly treatments through their active season. These applications help to control adult mosquitoes and include a larvicide to help keep eggs from hatching. And they’re safe for your entire family, including pets!
Mosquitoes are hard to ignore this time of year, but you do have options. If your efforts aren’t producing the desired results, ask us about adding the Mosquito Control Program to your Atlanta lawn care package, and we will get treatments started right away.
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