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How to Repel Mosquitoes in Your Yard

How to Repel Mosquitoes in Your Yard | Dynasty Pest Control

Fight The Bite & Discover How to Repel Mosquitoes in Your Yard This Summer

Mosquitoes can really put the bite on outdoor fun. Not only are they annoying, but they can also carry serious diseases like the West Nile or Zika virus. While spray on repellents work, they can be messy to use, have an odor, and bring strong chemicals in direct contact with your skin. Below, our pest control specialist will teach you how to repel mosquitoes in your yard and keep them away for a bite free summer.

Put Up Air Curtains

Traditionally, air curtains have been used to keep mosquitoes away from guests at customer entrances, concession stands, and even drive-up windows at many fast food restaurants. Their effectiveness at repelling mosquitoes has made them accessible for use in residential outdoor living areas. Air curtains are simple to install and maintain, and their impenetrable screen of air helps prevent bugs of all kinds from entering the area.

Mosquito Misting System

Another great way to get rid of mosquitoes is misting systems. Mosquito misting systems use a few insect repellents to eliminate mosquitoes and other pests from your outdoor living space.

They can either be a drum-based or thankless system that you can program to activate on a schedule or by remote control.

Mosquito Fogging Treatment

Twenty-four to 48 hours before you plan on hanging outdoors with your friends and family, give us a call! We’ll lay down a barrier spray that includes extra protection against biting mosquitoes and other annoying insects. The entire treatment dries in 30 minutes, and leaves no odor or visible residue. Mosquito fogging treatments are perfect for any summer party or outdoor barbecue!

Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

There are a number of plants that repel mosqitoes. Planting a mix of these plants around your home and patio can create mosquito-free zones for outdoor entertaining and other activities.

  • One of the most famous is citronella grass, which is used by manufacturers to make citronella candles.
  • Another well-known plant is the marigold. These cheery flowers repel many other insect pests as well, but are popular nectar sources for butterflies.
  • Catnip is famous for attracting cats, but what is less well known is that it also repels mosquitoes! In fact, studies have found that catnip oil is more than 10 times better at repelling them than DEET!
  • The lovely and aromatic garden herbs rosemary, basil, lavender, lemon balm, and lemongrass are also effective.

WHATEVER THE PEST, WE HAVE A SOLUTION

If you are experiencing a problem mosquitoes or any other type of common pest and the problem is beyond your scope to handle on your own, remember that Dynasty Pest Control is a trusted source for pest removal. Call one of our experienced pest control specialists to diagnose the problem and determine an effective solution so you can get back to enjoying your living and outdoor spaces pest-free.

Mosquito Hawk vs. Mosquito: What’s the Difference?

Mosquito Hawk vs. Mosquito | What's the Difference? | Dynasty Pest Control

A mosquito hawk, also known as a crane fly, is often mistaken for huge, threatening mosquito, but they are not a type of mosquito at all. In fact, they aren’t even related to mosquitoes, despite the fact that they are rumored—incorrectly—to feed on mosquitoes and their larvae.

Mosquito Hawk (Crane Fly) vs. Mosquito

A mosquito hawk is a species of fly. These flying insects don’t dine on mosquitoes or any other type of animal — much to the disappointment of homeowners hoping that the mosquito hawk might help control the mosquito population. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, consume animal blood as an important part of their diet. Read on to learn more about these two varieties of insects, including their similarities and differences and which is most likely to win in the mosquito hawk vs. mosquito showdown.

SIMILARITIES

The biggest similarity between mosquito hawks and mosquitoes is the fact that they are flying insects that share a passing resemblance. These two insect species also both live in water during their larval stages and both species have invaded most regions of the world, thriving especially well in wet regions. As far as comparable qualities, however, that’s about the extent of it.

DIFFERENCES

Mosquito hawks and mosquitoes share far more distinguishing characteristics than similarities — the biggest difference between them being their bite, or the lack thereof.

Mosquitoes must eat to live. As larvae, they live in water and eat algae, while adult mosquitoes can live on plant nectar. But female mosquitoes need both lipids and protein in their diets in order to lay eggs, which is why they also feed on the blood of humans, dogs, cats, mice and birds. Even worse, mosquitoes are able to carry diseases and transmit them to humans by way of those bloodsucking bites.

Unlike mosquitoes, mosquito hawks don’t bite humans at all, or sting them. In fact, these insects eat only in their larval stage, when they feed on grasses and other plant matter. Adult crane flies have no need to eat, since they don’t live very long.

HOW TO GET RID OF CRANE FLIES AND MOSQUITOES

A mosquito infestation in your yard is obvious. When spending time outdoors, you’ll be pestered by the whine and itchy, stinging bite of these annoying little bloodsuckers. You might find small mosquito larvae twitching in pools of standing water that has collected in flowerpots or birdbaths. Mosquitoes can also thrive indoors in homes that have potted plants with moist soil or standing water collecting in drains. Again, the signs will be obvious. That annoying whine in your ear, a ticklish itch on your skin at the moment you’re bitten and the red, itchy welts that result from the bites of these irritating pests.

Mosquito hawk infestations may be less obvious, especially since these insects don’t bite and are essentially harmless to humans. A large number of mosquito hawks can, however, cause real damage to your yard. If sections of your lawn are patchy and yellow or brown in color, or have even been eaten down to the soil, you may be dealing with an infestation of mosquito hawks. Like mosquitoes, these insects live in water or moist soil in their larval stage. Since they consume grasses and other plant matter as larvae, they can destroy the health and appearance of lawns and pastures.

Since both mosquito and mosquito hawk larvae live in water, successfully controlling infestations of both insects must include resolving drainage problems and eliminating damp areas from your yard and home. Dump out water that collects in planters and other receptacles after a rain, and resolve any yard drainage issues to encourage drying and aeration at the root level. Rake and dispose of dead leaves, since both mosquito hawks and mosquitoes can thrive in moist piles of leaves and soil.

SO WHO WINS THE MOSQUITO HAWK VS. MOSQUITO SHOWDOWN?

Despite many misconceptions, mosquito hawks neither hurt nor help humans. They can be a household pest, but they are not a cause for concern, especially when compared to their killer mosquito counterparts. To protect yourself from mosquito bites and the diseases they carry, remember to dump and drain stagnant water around your home because that’s where mosquitoes breed. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors, especially between dusk and dawn. Using CDC approved insect repellent containing DEET will also keep mosquitoes from biting you.

WHATEVER THE PEST, WE HAVE A SOLUTION

If you are experiencing a problem with mosquito hawks, mosquitoes or any other type of common pest and the problem is beyond your scope to handle on your own, remember that Dynasty Pest Control is a trusted source for pest removal. Call one of our experienced pest control specialists to diagnose the problem and determine an effective solution so you can get back to enjoying your living and outdoor spaces pest-free.

Everything You Need to Know About Subterranean Termites in Texas

Everything You Need to Know About Subterranean Termites in Texas

What are Subterranean Termites?

Subterranean termites are a subclass of termites that can invade your home and leave you with costly damage. They can live in very large colonies and travel to places with lots of wood and metal, most notably your home. They can weaken wood and even metal support structures. Subterranean termites are the most destructive insect pests in Texas and can cause major damage to your home before you even realize they’re there. Don’t know much about Subterranean termites? We’ve got you covered.

How Did I Get Termites?

These pests live in the soil beneath and around homes and often enter through wood that touches the ground or by constructing mud tubes from the ground to the wood they infest. Cracks in concrete walls and foundations made of hollow blocks are also paths these insects could take to infest a house.

How Serious Are Termites?

As the most common type of termite in Texas, subterranean termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage each year. They also eat books, other paper products, cellulose-based products, and a variety of other plant-based goods.

Some colonies have more than one egg-laying female, so subterranean termite nests can grow quickly and contain hundreds and sometimes thousands of members. Since the pests can often infest homes for years undetected, responding to early warning signs is key to preventing serious damage. The most commonly observed warning signs are the presence of winged swarmers, mud tubes and evidence of damaged wood.

When are They Most Active?

Termites swarm in the warm days following rain and are also attracted to warm buildings in the winter. The spring is an especially active time for termites because it is when they mate and form new colonies.

How Quickly Can They Do Damage?

It takes 2-3 years for a termite colony to become large enough to swarm, but once they do, it takes an average sized colony only six months to eat through one foot of a 2×4. This may not sound like much, but they make tunnels in the surrounding wood, weakening the wood and potentially the structure of your house. It is important to tackle termite damage as soon as you suspect it!

How Do I Get Rid Of Termites?

Based on the layout of your home and the degree of termite infestation, our team will create a treatment plan tailored for your home to get rid of termites.

How Can I Prevent Termite Damage?

  • Store all firewood away from the home.
  • Make sure four inches of the foundation is showing and no mulch is touching the home. Siding should not extend down into the soil.
  • Keep drainage systems unblocked and routing water away from the home to prevent buildup.
  • Eliminate leaks and moisture from the home in general.

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