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Mastering Mosquito Control: Effective Strategies To Protect Your Marshall Property

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Mosquitoes can be annoying to deal with, especially when they’re in your own yard. You should enjoy your time outside without suffering itchy bites. Keeping mosquitoes out of your yard can be a daunting task to handle on your own, which is why Gecko Pest Control has treatment options. We designed our Marshall mosquito control services to keep your yard mosquito-free for good. Call today to learn more. 

Understanding The Mosquito Population: Species And Behaviors

There are two types of mosquitoes in Marshall: culex and Asian tiger. Culex mosquitoes are probably what you picture. They’re silvery-gray in color with iridescent scales. These mosquitoes are around a 1/2-inch long. Asian tiger mosquitoes are a little smaller, only about a 1/4 inch. They have black and white stripes over their bodies and legs. 

You might be surprised to learn that the mosquito diet doesn’t usually include blood. In fact, female mosquitoes only bite because they need protein from a blood meal to lay eggs. They’re able to sense a person’s body heat and the carbon dioxide they exhale to find a perfect host. Mosquito season typically runs from spring to early fall. 

Eliminate Standing Water: Interrupt Mosquito Breeding Habitats

Once a female mosquito has the protein she needs, she’s ready to lay her eggs. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, where the baby mosquitos stay until adulthood. When you think about the standing water in your yard, you might think of a bird bath, wading pool, or pond. But mosquitoes have been known to lay eggs in places as small as a bottle cap. Anything that holds water can become a mosquito breeding site. 

If you want to keep mosquitoes away from your yard, you must remove anything that collects water. If there are items you wish to keep, replace the water often. It only takes about ten days for a mosquito to complete a full life cycle from egg to adult, so you should replace the water at least once a week. You can also invest in a mosquito water treatment, but these should not be water sources from which any animals or humans drink. 

Implement Natural Methods: Using Plants To Deter Mosquitoes

If you’re looking for natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes, your garden holds the key. Many plants repel mosquitoes, most of which work based on scent. Some of these include:

  • Lemon grass
  • Citronella grass
  • Lemon thyme
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Basil

Who would have thought that an herb garden would help prevent mosquitoes? Just having these plants around your yard can keep biting insects away. You can also burn them or apply the natural oils to help release the scent. Although cultivating an herb garden won’t completely eliminate mosquitoes from your yard, it can be helpful. 

As far as home remedies go, planting herbs and removing standing water are your best options. But if you want to keep mosquitoes out of your yard for good, you should contact a professional pest control company. 

Total Mosquito Control: How Professionals Ensure Long-Lasting Results

Gecko Pest Control provides the best mosquito treatments in Marshall. We always begin with a full inspection of your property, looking for all conditions conducive to mosquito infestations. Then, we’ll create a customized treatment plan that best suits your needs. We offer various options, allowing us to give you the most effective combination. We typically provide mosquito control on a monthly basis from April to October, but we can also do one-time services for special events. If you’re tired of being bugged by mosquitoes in your yard, call Gecko Pest Control today.