Mosquitos are a pervasive and pernicious species that can be found throughout the world. In many cases, they can be difficult to kill and frequently return thanks to their large numbers. However, home and business owners can protect their properties through the careful application of mosquito repellent. If people do not feel comfortable working with the chemicals and products themselves, many professional pest control companies offer regular sprays and the use of repellents as part of their services. Mosquito repellent comes in many forms, including natural control methods, spray repellents, and misting systems.
Natural mosquito repellent involves eliminating the conditions in which mosquitoes breed. Mosquitoes are found near sources of standing water and moisture because female mosquitoes will lay their eggs in a water source or moist soil. One of the best ways to repel mosquitoes from a property is to remove these breeding sources like stagnant water, ditches, puddles, and even clogged gutters. Sometimes people will spray certain mixtures of alcohol and scents to try to keep mosquitoes away, such as lemon eucalyptus oil. These repellents can keep mosquitoes away for up to three hours, but these are not as effective as eliminating the main source of their reproduction. These natural methods also do not work as well spray repellents.
Mosquito repellent sprays come in many varieties. Many of them can be purchased from stores and can be sprayed around a property or applied to a person’s skin. These are two different varieties of spray repellents, and a person should read the directions carefully to know which is which. Spray repellents work by taking advantage of a mosquito’s heightened sense of smell. The sprays combine many ingredients which smell bad to mosquitoes and prevent them from landing on people and taking the blood they need for sustenance. The sprays can also coat grass, plants, and even standing water bodies with the repellent, suffocating the larvae residing there and preventing mosquitoes from crossing the barrier. In many ways, these spray repellents bear many similarities to mosquito misting systems.
A mosquito misting system is the more professional version of a mosquito repellent spray. More and more commercial and residential properties have started to install regulated, automatic misting systems which can be installed throughout a property. These systems use professional grade repellent and will spray it at regular intervals to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs or feeding off of the people on the property. People need to understand the risks of using a mister and should keep children and animals away from the sprayers. A misting system is a highly effective form of mosquito repellent, but can also kill nearby insects. The EPA recommends using a minimal risk pesticide, and many states have regulations on what product can be used as well.
Mosquito repellents come in many different varieties, including forms which are user-friendly. People who are seeking to be environmentally friendly can take advantage of natural scents, while people seeking a more long-lasting solution can contact a pest control company for regular sprays. People who know they live in an area with many mosquitoes can install misters for maximum mosquito repelling power. Mosquitoes are carriers of disease, breed quickly, and feed off of the blood of humans and other animals. When possible, home and business owners should use repellents to keep them from irritating people on their property.
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