When it comes to our homes, we do so much to create a safe environment. We install smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, security alarms, video cameras and so on and so forth. But what do we do to protect our loved ones outside? What do we do to ensure the safety of everyone who enters our backyards?
Linnemann Lawn Care and Landscaping ensures that your property is safe from the one insect that can wreak the most havoc on you and your guests - MOSQUITOS! This insect is the number one transmitter of the West Nile and Zika viruses - the two most dangerous diseases worldwide. This is why we offer five applications of mosquito guard from May to October each year to our customers.
The Science Behind the Process
Our mosquito control is based on the life cycle of a typical mosquito, which is around 6-weeks from larvae to adulthood. Every 6-weeks, our trained professionals apply an insecticide with a backpack blower, killing off these insects and increasing your defense.
Another great step toward eliminating these pests is riding your yard from things that cause standing water. Our first application is a barrier application. This application is applied around the perimeter of the home, taking care of any mosquito that makes it to your home and stops it from breeding. BUT, this application won't work if there is standing water throughout your yard. Linnemann Lawn Care and Landscape, can help you rid your yard from standing water and show you the best course of action to take.
It's good to note, however, that when it comes to mosquito control there isn’t a one-time fix. In order to stay in control of these pests, you must keep up with their life cycle - aka. your mosquito control!
Pet Lovers: We also use the same product to treat for fleas and ticks on your property and apply a perimeter pest control treatment around your home or business. So this insecticide is pet friendly and will ensure an extra layer of defense for man's best friend!
Tips to Keep Mosquitos Out of Your Yard
While the best way to keep your family safe is to partner with a professional mosquito control company, there are a few steps you can take to cut down on these pests in your yard.
Tip #1: Tip over items in your yard that are known to fill with water:
- Bird Baths
- Tire Swings
Tip #2: Remove yard trash:
- Fallen Branches
- Grass Clippings
- Mulch Piles
Tip #3: Turn over items that are made to hold water:
- Pet Bowls
- Plant Saucers
- Outdoor Yard Toy
Make it a routine habit to walk your property at least once a week and tip, remove and turnover.
Commonly Asked Questions About Mosquitos
1. Why do mosquitoes bite some people more than others?
?There are a variety of factors at play - carbon dioxide, lactic acid and octenol. All of which are found in human breath and sweat. So, if you find yourself sweating more than usual, then you increase your likelihood of being bit by a mosquito.
Studies have also shown that mosquitoes are also attracted to certain blood types more than others. According to a 2019 study, mosquitoes preferred feeding on Type O blood more than other blood types. While another study found that mosquitoes landed on people with Type O blood significantly more often than those with Type A blood.
2. Are citronella candles effective?
One of the most commonly used mosquito control products is the citronella candle. They are used around outdoor patios and porches in order to keep mosquitoes at bay when spending time outside. However, they are not as effective as one may think. Citronella oil is only about 50% effective, which is significantly less than other natural products such as lemon eucalyptus oil.
3. Do mosquitoes die in cold weather?
Mosquitoes, like all insects, are cold-blooded creatures. Their body temperatures are the same as their surroundings. When temperatures shift (aka. climate changes), adult mosquitoes become inactive and hibernate to live through the cold weather season. Once winter ceases, the females emerge from hibernation, find food and lay their eggs.
Reminder: The best way to decrease your interactions with these insects is to have routine mosquito control treatments scheduled for your property.
Now that you know the science behind the process, what attracts mosquitoes and how you can help in keeping them away, plus the most commonly asked questions, you can start living mosquito-free. Linnemann Lawn Care and Landscape is committed to providing the best mosquito control for your yard so you and your family can enjoy the outdoors.