The last thing you want to do when you go out into your backyard is to deal with mosquitoes. These little pests leave itchy, annoying bites on your skin that have the potential to make you sick with flu-like symptoms. If you have mosquito issues in your backyard, you've probably already tried to do something about them. Have you purchased torches or candles? Have you tried putting up a bug zapper or mosquito traps? Have you tried planting mosquito-resistant plants in your landscaping? There are many "solutions" offered on the internet that can fall short of providing the protection you want. Let's take a quick look at why DIY mosquito control often fails to get control of mosquitoes and discuss what does work to get the job done.

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Don't Underestimate A Female Mosquito

You probably know that female mosquitoes are the mosquitoes that bite you, but what you might not know is how focused they are on getting a blood meal. The best example of their single-mindedness is their ability to resist the temptation of a bug zapper. Studies have shown that only around four percent of the insects found in bug zappers are female. The vast majority of the mosquitoes you're killing with a bug zapper wouldn't bite you anyway. This single-mindedness is also why a female mosquito won't be deterred by smoke, unpleasant-smelling plants, or even bug repellent.

What DIY Method Works To Reduce Mosquitoes

If you want to get control of mosquitoes and reduce bites on your own, you're not without options. The secret is to locate potential breeding sites and eliminate them. Most of the mosquitoes that bite you when you're in your backyard are mosquitoes that have hatched in your backyard. A female mosquito will lay a hundred eggs at a time. When those eggs hatch, the mosquitoes develop into adults and then hide in your landscaping and in shaded places waiting for a warm-blooded animal to pass through the area. They'll feed on squirrels, mice, rats, deer, raccoons, and other wildlife when you refrain from going out into your yard. This allows them to continue to grow their populations even when you're not around. You can significantly reduce mosquitoes in your yard by doing the following:

  • Locate containers in your yard and dump them out. This stops mosquito eggs from developing into flying (biting) mosquitoes.

  • Remove containers from your yard to reduce breeding sites.

  • Address conditions that allow stagnant puddles to form in your yard.

  • Clean your gutters to prevent water from collecting in high places where you can't see it.

How Professional Mosquito Control Works

There is no better way to reduce and control mosquitoes than to invest in seasonal mosquito reduction service from a professional. There are three primary ways a professional gets the job done right.

  • A pest professional will inspect your yard and consider all of the many locations mosquitoes may breed.

  • Apest professional can directly address breeding sites by introducing larvicides that prevent the development of mosquitoes, or inform you of potential breeding sites in your yard.

  • A pest professional will apply mist treatments to key areas around your home. These treatments are residual. Between visits, they work to repel and eliminate mosquitoes. If even one female mosquito is eliminated by the treatments around your home, it will stop hundreds of eggs from being laid on your property.

The Reality Of Mosquito Infestation

If you have an image in your mind of mosquitoes flying around in your neighborhood from yard to yard looking for a blood meal, you need to erase that image and replace it. Mosquitoes don't do this. They're actually horrible fliers. A mosquito isn't likely to travel more than a few hundred feet from where it hatches. Mosquitoes spend most of their time resting—not flying. The treatments provided by a professional target these resting places with a product that is only harmful to simple organisms. When mosquitoes rest in your yard… they die. It is as simple as that. No more mosquitoes, no more bites.

If you have questions, or you'd like to request mosquito service for your San Jose property, contact Bay Pest. We can help you get control of Bay Area mosquitoes. 

 

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