Sponsored by: Mosquito Squad
Warm spring weather is here and it’s time to move it outdoors and enjoy it! This week marks the beginning of summer rituals…graduations, weddings, pool parties, grilling outdoors and enjoying all the Lowcountry has to offer outdoors.
The warm weather doesn’t just bring green grass and flowers, however, it also means biting bugs that can harm people and dogs and cats, like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. It doesn’t take long for an evening in the backyard to turn into a bug slapping mess!
Female mosquitoes require a blood meal to produce eggs, but that small bite can leave some people itching for days! Humans are allergic to mosquito saliva which triggers the reaction. While mosquitoes are simply annoying for most people, they can be dangerous. It’s estimated that mosquitoes kill over 700,000 each year with the diseases they transmit.
To help Lowcountry residents take back their yards, Mosquito Squad, the nation’s leader in mosquito control, is teaching homeowners how to reduce the mosquito population on their property.
TIP. Mosquitoes require standing water for their eggs to mature and hatch. By cutting down on the amount of standing water on the property, you are also cutting down the number of mosquitoes. Tip over objects that hold water including birdbaths and fire pits.
TOSS. Yard debris like grass clippings, leaves and firewood can be a haven for mosquitoes and ticks. If you aren’t intending to use it, throw it out.
TURN. Objects left out in the yard can hold enough water for a mosquito to lay her eggs. Make sure that children’s toys, dog bowls, plant saucers and other objects are turned over when they aren’t being used (or at least every few days).
REMOVE TARPS. Most tarps aren’t pulled tight enough over the items underneath, resulting in water pooling. Our mosquito control technicians often notice tarps over wood, grills or sports equipment that are the perfect place for mosquito eggs to mature.
TAKE CARE. Every home requires regular maintenance. You may clean your gutters, have your irrigation checked and cut your grass to make your home look better, but that will also help you to control your outdoor pests.
TEAM UP. If your property abuts another one, talk to your neighbors about removing the standing water from their property. You could remove all the water from your yard, but if your neighbor has a lot of standing water, you very well could continue to have a mosquito problem.
TREAT. Having a professional mosquito elimination spray applied to your property can reduce your mosquito population by up to 90%! At Mosquito Squad, we visit our clients’ homes every 2-3 weeks to protect them from the nuisance and dangers of mosquitoes and ticks and reduce the need to spray DEET on their skin. The treatment is kid and pet friendly!
For more information call Mosquito Squad at 884-8661 or visit lowcountry.mosquitosquad.com