One thing that your friendly pest control company may not inform you about is that mosquitoes are able to fly for up to three miles from the vicinity in which they were born. Thus, even though you eradicate all potentialities of mosquitoes breeding and hatching on your patch, what about your neighbor’s place? What about their neighbor’s place?
Irrespective of that, adult mosquitoes can in fact be treated using products that exterminate them and also repel more of them from trespassing your property.
Treating Larvae In Water
In the ideal world, all the mosquito larvae will be exterminated prior to the adult stage since then they cannot reproduce, nor can they bite.
The pest professional will firstly inspect any long-standing sources of water including ponds, larger-sized birdbaths, and perhaps areas in your lawn that harbor some water. Then, they’ll check for larvae around the water’s edge.
There are some products that target mosquito larvae specifically, and thus do not have any impact on pets, providing they are used in accordance to the directions.
Treating Adult Mosquitoes
Once the water sources have been inspected, and treated should it be necessary, the pest technician will then use an ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging system that generates a very fine mist of the appropriate pesticide. The particles cover over the treatment area, which will include your yard’s perimeter, as well as foliage that’s in close proximity to your home.
By treating the perimeter, it generates a barrier and will thus cause the majority of mosquitoes to be repelled and stay put in your neighbor’s yard – just where you want them. Then, those that do actually penetrate the barrier around the perimeter are killed when they land on any foliage, which they do so when seeking rest.
Generally, the interval for this form of treatment is every 28 days, and again, in general, that would be from March through September.
What Happens to the Pollinators?
A question that may be on your mind is what will happen to the beneficial insects such as bees? There’s no doubt that a number of pesticides do adversely affect pollinators and it remains something of a hot topic. However, there are also a few pesticides, such as Mavrik Perimeter, for example, that are non-toxic and also non-repellent to bees.
Thus, when an appropriate product is applied as directed by the manufacturer, a mosquito treatment should not harm bees or any other pollinator. Nevertheless, if you do hire a pest control company, check with them to be sure that they are using a product that is pollinator-friendly. And if they are not, then you have every right to insist that they do.
You may be able to get rid of most of the mosquitoes that are causing a nuisance on your property. If you do take measures but you’re still experiencing that buzzing sensation from a mosquito squad, it’s likely that your best alternative would be to hire a pest control expert.