With winter in the rearview, it's finally time to shed the layers and expose your bare skin to the warm sun. Except for one problem: the arrival of spring in Georgia also coincides with the dreaded "Mosquito Season." Go outside and you risk donating a pint of blood to the buzzing army of vampire flies.
We've consulted one of Georgia's leading outdoor pest experts, Mr. Mister Mosquito Control, for crucial insight on how to reclaim your yard as a place of enjoyment and entertainment for years to come.
Step 1: Start Right Now
The bad news is, you are the bait that draws mosquitos in. Your body releases a chemical that can be detected by the insects from 55 miles away! Meaning: They're going to come, no matter what. The key is to make it impossible for them to stay.
The time to begin mosquito-proofing your yard is prior to the first bite! It's imperative that you start taking action before the weather reaches the ideal mating temperature of 80-degrees and above.
Step 2: Eliminate Standing Water
What about sitting water? Sorry, a little joke there!
Seriously though, Mr. Mister Mosquito Control assures this is "the most effective first-step measure a homeowner in Atlanta can take" to safeguard one's property. The reason being, female mosquitos lay their eggs (several hundred at once) in stagnant water to carry out the hatching process. Follow these easy tips:
- Turn over any receptacle that can hold water: Unused flower pots and saucers, buckets, dog bowls, baby pools, portable sandboxes, wheelbarrows, etc.
- Fill in any hollow tree stumps with sand or mulch
- Drill holes in the bottom of tire swings and plastic toys
- Remove excess weeds, leaves, firewood, grass, and other leftover clippings from yards
- Make sure you can bounce a quarter off any tarps stretched over boats, grills or firewood piles
- Fill in any low-lying areas, ditches, flood zones
- Clear all trash, leaves, and lawn clippings from culverts, rain gutters, and storm drains
- Properly maintain pools: If they aren't cleaned and chlorinated on a regular basis, they become perfect breeding grounds for mosquitos -- enough to infest an entire neighborhood.
- Ensure ponds aren't allowed to stagnate via aeration pumps, larvicides, fish, and other water-circulating implements
Step 3: Treat Your Yard
After all sources of standing water are removed or sealed, a last-step mosquito control option is chemical treatment.
Mr. Mister champions two methods of choice:
- A patented, ClearZone mosquito misting treatment: The 100% biodegradable solution contains an all-natural spray and synthetic chemical barrier, all EPA-approved. The treatment takes 20 minutes to apply, lasts 21 days (shorter if using an all-natural product), and 30 minutes to dry, after which time your yard is completely safe for pets and children to run free.
- Automated misting system: Once installed, the automatic mosquito misting system immediately begins creating a mosquito free zone by spraying a fine mist through small nozzles around the perimeter of your property. Every system is programmed to spray at dawn, dusk, and evening hours when mosquitoes are most active and other more beneficial insects, such as the pollinating bees and butterflies, are not.
Bonus: In addition to mosquitoes, the Mr. Mister misting system helps to control over 100 other insects including: Ants, Aphids, Flies, Moths, Beetles, Mites, Wasps, Roaches, Ticks, Fleas, Spiders, Biting Midges (No-See-Ums), and Gnats.
It goes without saying, mosquitos are one of the biggest "buzz" kills for any outdoor gathering. But as Mr. Mister also reminds: "They're not just irritating. They’re potentially life-threatening, as the prevalence of mosquito-borne illnesses continues to include West Nile, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, dog heartworm, chikungunya, and most recently, Zika."
The time to protect your family and home is today. Contact our friends at Mr. Mister Mosquito Control for a free quote.