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Need To Get Rid of Mosquitoes?

Getting rid of Mosquitoes

The stage is set for you to enjoy an evening outside. You’ve got the cooler filled with your favorite drinks, the umbrella lights are twinkling and you’ve got the music on to help set the mood. You’re ready to enjoy the night when you hear that faint little buzz. Before you know it, the biting of mosquitoes has driven you right back inside. Blue Chip Exterminating of Fenton, Missouri, is happy to treat your yard to help provide you with relief, but there are also some steps you can take at home to control these pests and keep them away.

Pest Control

Start with the Basics
Mosquito control begins by checking your backyard for standing water. It won’t always be as obvious as a spare tire laying around. It could be a clogged gutter, a leaking air conditioner that’s pooling or your kid’s sand bucket that’s standing upright. Walk around the yard and look everywhere for potential sources of standing water.

Fish for the Pond
If you have a pond, then fish are your best form of pest control. It’s a natural solution that will help keep the pond health and provide you with the best mosquito control method. Put bat houses around your property. The bats will eat the mosquitoes to help you remain safe at night. You should also minimize the vegetation in any ponds to let the sun reach the water and further deter mosquitoes.

Protect the Birdbath
You may have areas of standing water that you don’t want to eliminate, like bird baths and some decorative statuary. If possible, choose statuary that features a fountain or waterfall to stop mosquitos from laying their larvae in the water. You can also put special Mosquito Dunks in the water. These wood pulp rings are impregnated with a chemical that kills mosquito larvae without harming other animals or plants.

Dress Appropriately
You can use pest control measures around your property, but you cannot control what your neighbors do. Mosquitos will wander, so you can also put mosquito control measures in place on your own patio. Pick up a few thin cotton jackets and long pants that you can wear outside even when it’s hot. The thin layer will keep the bugs off you without making you feel overheated. Wear light colors and even white to make yourself less appealing to the flying insects.

Fogging for Pest Control
You may have bug zappers in place, but these are detrimental to other animals as well as mosquitos. In addition to killing the biting insects, they also kill off insects that we need. In fact, research shows that the light does draw mosquitos into your yard, but they then follow carbon dioxide to land on you. A better option for mosquito control is a treatment of areas that mosquitoes will hide on during the day.  A proper treatment by Blue Chip Pest Control will drastically reduce the level of mosquitos in and around your property.

You can enjoy your outdoor living space this year when you know what changes to make. In addition to better protecting yourself with the right clothing, make sure that your yard is not appealing to this little vampires by keeping the standing water away. With our services and the right pest control methods, you can once again set the stage and enjoy an evening under the stars.

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