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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Get Rid of Backyard Bugs
Warm weather means the start barbecues, picnics, outdoor games, and plenty of time spent in your backyard. But it can also mean an invasion from less welcome signs of summer: bugs. Whether your backyard is facing a ants, flies, bees, mosquitoes, or ticks, you can find a keep those backyard bugs at bay.
The following five pest control tips may come in handy as you try to keep the backyard bugs at bay this spring and summer:
1. Remove Areas of Standing Water
Standing water is the enemy in your battle against backyard bugs, as it’s the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Make sure your gutters are unclogged and that any sunken areas in your yard are filled in so that water can’t collect. Even the water in the birdbath and kiddie pool should be regularly changed to prevent those little suckers from multiplying.
2. Pick up Clutter and Debris
Items like toys, tires and half-used bags of potting soil make perfect containers for rainwater. Additionally, piles of leaves, fallen branches and rotting fruit can attract insects to your yard, as they provide food and shelter for many insects. Your efforts can help in insect control, so keep your yard free of this clutter to make the area a little less attractive to bugs.
3. Keep Lawns Tidy and Trimmed
Overgrown brush and weeds can provide great habitats and hiding areas for a slew of backyard bugs. Keep your landscaping tidy, and be sure to trim back tall grass, brush, and weeds around your property.
4. Store Firewood Properly
Do you have firewood leftover from the winter? Well, if you’re not storing it properly you could find yourself the proprietor of an insect hotel. Firewood provides food and shelter for many insects, so you need to be certain that you’re doing everything you can to try to prevent an infestation. First, make sure wood is dry before storing it. Then, keep it stacked above the ground on a rack or platform so that pests which live in the soil — like ants and termites — can’t easily access the wood. Additionally, keep piles of firewood stored away from your home or other buildings. Ideally, there should be 3 feet between a stack of firewood and any structure. Lastly, firewood with a top cover or roof over it will remain drier and last longer. Do not fully wrap firewood piles with a tarp or plastic sheeting – this will trap moisture and make things worse.
5. Invest in a Professional Pest Control Service
Can you buy insect spray for lawns? Absolutely, you can. However, it likely won’t be as effective as the treatment a pest control specialist would use. In addition, a trained specialist may be better able to spot any potential pest problems before they get out of hand. The specialist can then make recommendations customized for your situation.
With a few preventative measures, you can attempt to keep backyard bugs at bay this spring and summer. Want some backup from trusted pest control specialists? Contact Dynasty Pest Control to schedule your initial inspection.
Summer in Texas means more time to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends! Except, how are you supposed to do that when mosquitos are biting you left and right? Not only do mosquitos take the fun out of spending time outdoors, but some even carry diseases that can be a real hazard to you, your family and your pets. The solution? A mosquito yard treatment!
You’ve probably tried it all: bug spray, citronella candles, bug zappers – nothing has worked.
Not anymore! Dynasty Pest Control will finally help you stop buzzing, annoying and biting mosquitoes from ruining your outdoor time. It’s time to keep mosquitoes off your guest list with our mosquito yard treatment.
Have mosquitos in your backyard? Request a free pest inspection online!
Our temporary mosquito yard treatment will keep mosquitoes away from your yard. 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 mosquitos and other annoying insects. Perfect for any summer party or outdoor barbeque!
3-Step Mosquito Yard Treatment Process
1. Mosquito Fogging
Mosquitoes love to lay in areas that are damp or dense vegetation, such as tree canopies, shrubs, hedges and other green areas in your yard. Mosquito fogging is a great mosquito yard treatment that goes into lush areas, such as the ones listed above, and kill mosquitoes on contact and bonds to the treated area to prevent future mosquitoes from hanging around.
2. Mosquito Granules
We strategically place fine, all-natural mosquito-repelling granules all over your lawn. These mosquito-repelling granules are made of a safe and biodegradable formula that is proven to help repel mosquitoes.
3. Mosquito Larvicide
Mosquito larvicide is an eco-friendly solution we place by areas of standing water around your property. The larvicide specifically targets mosquitos in the larval life stage, killing them before they can become those annoying insects intruding your backyard.
The entire treatment dries in 30 minutes, and leaves no odor or visible residue! After our mosquito yard treatment, you’ll notice a significant drop in number of mosquitoes surrounding your home and yard.
*Offer valid for new customers only. No double discounts. Not all yards are candidates for mosquito treatments. For yards that aren’t candidates, we offer automatic misting systems.
Summer is finally here! While you’re outdoors enjoying the long summer days, warmer weather and sights and smells of the season with your family, keep in mind the bugs that come along with this season. Bugs and ants can be annoying as they swarm your backyard or home, but tick and mosquito bites can be a real nuisance and a hazard to you and your family’s health.
Think you have pests in your home? Request a free pest inspection online!
Tick and mosquito bites can sometimes lead to serious and sometimes fatal diseases, such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. Read our guide on how to prevent tick and mosquito bites while you’re outdoors this summer.
Preventing Tick Bites
Just like mosquitoes, ticks like to reside in heavily-wooded areas, so avoid these areas if you can. If you go camping with your family this summer, avoid tick bites by wearing light-colored pants, long-sleeve shirts and closed-toed shoes. If you’re wearing light-colored clothing, it will make it easier for you to spot a tick if one decided to hitch a ride on you.
After spending time outdoors, make sure to inspect yourself and your family for ticks. They usually tend to swarm to warmer parts of the body, so be sure to check everywhere. If you brought the pup along with you, be sure to check them too. Dogs or cats can easily pick up ticks, and bring them inside your home.
Preventing Mosquito Bites
If you go camping this summer, make sure to avoid areas where mosquitoes would lay their eggs. Mosquitoes can likely be found anywhere where there is standing water, such as woodland pools, ditches, ponds, etc. Mosquitoes also like to lurk in heavily-wooded areas.
If you’re outside anytime around dawn or dusk, make sure you wear bug spray to prevent mosquito bites. This is a peak activity time for the little buggers. Before heading outdoors, make sure to spray exposed skin, such as ankles, with DEET.
Mosquitoes are drawn to certain characteristics, such as the clothes we wear; they are attracted to dark colors and floral prints. Who knew?! Keep in mind, if you decide to wear any sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes you’re almost guaranteed to get mosquito bites.
These tips will help prevent tick and mosquito bites, but if you believe you or someone you know has been bit by an insect carrying a disease, immediately contact your doctor.