If you are wondering how to get rid of mosquitoes this summer, you aren’t alone. No matter where you are located, there’s a good chance you’ll run into these vampiric pests and will be itching to get rid of them. Not only do mosquitoes bite and irritate the skin but they can carry and spread dangerous diseases – so it’s important to get rid of them.
Hiring professional pest control services is your best choice for real prevention, but what do you do to protect yourself until they come? Fortunately, there are a few ways to protect yourself from mosquito bites while waiting for help to arrive.
One great way to avoid mosquito bites is by staying away from mosquito ‘hotspots.’ Like most pests, mosquitoes tend to congregate in certain areas. You may notice that one part of your yard is way more infested than others. These places are typically large, as mosquitoes can smell their prey from up to 50 feet away. Not only should you stay away from these areas but you should make a note of where they are so you can show pest control services where to focus their efforts.
The only way how to get rid of mosquitoes is to hire pest control but avoiding hotspots can reduce bites.There are also hotspots for mosquito-borne diseases. You can see where these by looking up the information on the Center for Disease Control and The World Health Organization’s websites.
One thing you may not know is wearing light colored clothing can reduce the risk of mosquito bites. Mosquitoes seem to be attracted to dark-colored clothing. This is likely caused by their contrast against the horizon at dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. By wearing lighter colors, you can avoid the pest and their irritating bites. However, keep in mind that colors that are particularly bright can attract other pests like wasps. It’s recommended that you wear neutral, light colored clothing.
Consider the Time of Day
While this may not be a great solution for how to get rid of mosquitoes, avoiding the outdoors during certain times of day can keep you away from their bites. Mosquitoes are very active during both dusk and dawn. They are typically cooler than the rest of the day as well as less windy.
Use Bug Spray
Many people think using bug spray is the best way how to get rid of mosquitos. While nothing beats professional pest control, bug spray is an effective way to keep mosquitoes off you. You can get bug spray at just about every supermarket or pharmacy. Studies show that DEET is the most effective chemical on the market. Repellants with 23.8% DEET can protect you for up to five hours, so make sure to reapply.
Get Rid of Standing Water
Did you know that standing water is a perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed? If you have puddles of water around the house or a filled water bucket laying around, you are sure to find some mosquitoes flying around. Make sure to empty out cups, buckets, glasses, etc. that may be laying around outside and consider landscaping your yard in a way that prevents puddles from forming.
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes for Good
While these tips can help, your best bet is to call the professionals. Amco Pest Solutions can help to control mosquitoes on your property. There are many methods that we use for mosquito control. Depending on the situation, source reduction (e.g. removing stagnant water), biocontrol (e.g. importing natural predators such as dragonflies), trapping, and/or insecticides to kill larvae or adults may be used. If you are dealing with a mosquito infestation, don’t delay, give us a call today!