Summer is here and so are those flying pests—mosquitos! Mosquitos not only deliver bites that lead to itchy skin, they are also carriers of several deadly diseases including West Nile, Zika, malaria, chikungunya, meningitis, and various forms of encephalitis. (There is currently no evidence that COVID-19, a respiratory disease, is spread through mosquito bites.) To protect your home and family from mosquitos this summer, here are some tips from your mosquito control team at Wild Trappers.
Breeding Site Identification and Elimination
While mosquitoes live in a variety of habitats, they love standing water (as little as a tablespoon) and moist soil for laying their eggs. Eliminating larvae is much more efficient than trying to kill adult mosquitoes, so it is crucial to identify and eliminate any areas of standing water around your home. Store containers upside down to prevent water collection, empty and refill bird baths weekly, and fill tree holes with sand. Check your home’s gutters and under eaves, porches, decks, gazebos, and other shade structures. Don’t miss other overlooked spots such as sprinkler heads, accent decor, and shady areas.
Personal Repellents and Defensive Dressing
Use personal insect repellents that have been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency. These repellents have been reviewed and approved to pose minimal risk when used properly. DEET, Picaridan, and oil of lemon eucalyptus are some of the most effective ingredients, but there are a variety of other personal insect repellent options. Reapply every two hours for maximum, uninterrupted protection. Protect yourself by also wearing clothing made of tightly woven materials, which are difficult for mosquitos to bite through.
Protect Your Family from Mosquitos This Summer: Trust Wild Trappers
At Wild Trappers, our gutter and downspout cleaning services can eliminate spots for mosquitoes to live and breed. A properly functioning gutter system is crucial for protecting your home and family. Protect yourself, your family, and your property from unwanted pests this spring. Protect your family and your pets (mosquitoes can also infect your pets with heart worms and other diseases) with mosquito protection from Wild Trappers. The knowledgeable pest professionals at Wild Trappers can properly identify your current and potential pest problems and establish a plan suited specifically to your home’s circumstances. We offer free inspections—if you are not completely satisfied with our service, we will continue to service your home at no extra charge or offer you your money back for your last scheduled service. Call us at (770) 828-9622 or request a free estimate online today.