How to Keep Mosquitoes Away

It’s time to take back your yard!  Living in fear of being the main course in a mosquito’s evening meal can be a thing of the past if you follow the proper steps for prevention.

Learn about a few products that decrease the mosquito population and other ways to keep them away from your next yard party.

Outdoor Mosquito Control

Studies show that female mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in water that collects or is stored in manmade containers.  When it rains or water covers the eggs, they hatch and become adults in about a week.  If you have standing water either in the street, birdbaths, or small ponds, use a Summit Mosquito Dunk.  Place a tablet in the water source to kills mosquitoes before they’re old enough to bite.  The only product with a bit, a bacteria toxic only to mosquito larvae, that lasts 30 days and treats 100 square feet of surface water.  It’s non-toxic to all other wildlife, pets, fish, and humans. Mow your lawn frequently to eliminate the mosquitoes from creating a habitat in your yard.  For added protection, use a yard spray designed for mosquito prevention. Many out on the market last up to 2 weeks and are made of natural ingredients and can be applied to lawns, patios, gardens, barns, and more. Consider adding a mosquito trap system like a Dynatrap indoor and Outdoor Mosquito Trap.  Activating one in your area can protect up to 1/4 acre. It is safe, silent, and simple to use plus its eco-friendly design does not harm the environment or beneficial insects.  Place it areas between your sitting areas and woods, water sources, or shrubs.  The mosquitos will be attracted to the trap instead of you.

Indoor Mosquito Control

Just because you are inside doesn’t mean you are off-limits from mosquitoes.  These pests can find the smallest gaps and cracks to get into your home.  Make sure you seal off areas where insects can fly in with a gap and crack product.  There are pest-specific products like Great Stuff Pest Foam Sealant that specially formulated to block pests and expands to fill, seal and insulate gaps up to 1″.Get any torn screens from doors and windows repaired.  You can do it yourself with the right screen repair tools and patches or at many Ace Hardware locations there are store services that can take care of this for you.

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