Townsend Mosquito Control Services
Nothing can ruin a backyard get-together or an evening relaxing on the patio quite like a swarm of pesky mosquitoes. Unfortunately, these insect pests aren’t merely a nuisance. Mosquitoes can transmit dangerous and even deadly pathogens. Mosquito populations in central Massachusetts can transmit diseases such as West Nile Disease, Eastern equine encephalitis, and the Zika virus, among others. Although many Massachusetts communities offer mosquito control aerial spraying at intervals during months when mosquitoes are most active, these community-wide measures might not be enough to control mosquito populations, especially in areas where there is standing water and other conditions that are conducive to mosquito breeding.
Of course, you can take steps to protect your own corner of Massachusetts by performing certain mosquito control measures that include hiring mosquito control professionals to provide front yard and backyard aerial spraying, growing mosquito repelling plants (yes, many plants actually repel insects like mosquitoes), and reducing other outdoor risks associated with mosquito breeding and activity.
How to Control Mosquitoes
Along with hiring a mosquito control service to spray for mosquitoes – like Brian’s Lawn Crae – you can also perform some measures to control mosquitoes in your front yard and backyard yourself. While no measures can guarantee to eliminate all mosquitoes from your property, the following mosquito control measures can help you reduce mosquito populations.
Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes need standing water to lay their eggs. You can reduce mosquito populations by targeting places where these mosquito eggs and larvae may be present like bird baths and plant pots or other containers that might hold water. Change bird bath water daily to prevent any eggs or larvae in the water from becoming adult mosquitoes. Be sure to empty children’s toys of water after it rains.
Treat Pools / Ponds
If you have a pool or pond in your Massachusetts landscape, be sure to treat it. If you aren’t sure what mosquito control measures are best for your backyard pond (and safe for other wildlife), talk to our mosquito control experts or visit the US Environmental Protection Agency to find out about the best products for treating ponds to eliminate mosquitoes.
Mow Your Lawn
Regular lawn mowing can help you reduce mosquito populations in your yard. Many insect pests prefer to hide in long grass. By keeping your lawn well maintained, you can make your landscape less hospitable for pests like mosquitoes and ticks.
Install Plants that Repel Mosquitoes
Many insect pests like mosquitoes and ticks dislike plants with certain strong odors that are known to repel them. It can be helpful to place containers filled with these plants near your patio or entrances to your home to keep mosquitoes at bay. Keep your central Massachusetts yard filled with the following plants to help you reduce mosquito populations:
- Lemon grass
- Scented geraniums
- Bee balm
Some of these plants are not only useful in the kitchen as herbs for flavoring food; they’re also quite lovely and can add an attractive look to your yard.
If you place mulch in your flower beds or around trees, opt for cedar mulch. Mosquitoes dislike the smell of cedar. Cedar mulch is relatively inexpensive and widely available in Massachusetts.
Mosquito Traps and Zappers
Many people who spend time outdoors in their yard or patio invest in bug zappers that attract and kill mosquitoes. These products may not be as effective as spraying your entire yard, but they can help keep your patio or porch more comfortable during peak mosquito season, especially when these pests are most active like early in the morning and at dusk.
Mosquito Barrier Spraying
While the above mosquito control measures are certainly helpful to protect your property from mosquitoes, they may not be enough. Spraying an aerial application of pesticides is often the best way to control mosquitoes. Mosquito control pros often recommend aerial spraying along property barriers to control pesky mosquitoes and ticks. Our landscaping business features pest and mosquito control spraying treatments to help customers eliminate risks associated with mosquitoes.
While spraying can never completely eliminate mosquitoes and their risks, it can drastically reduce them, helping customers protect their setting. Spraying for mosquitoes will allow your household to enjoy the outdoors during mosquito season. Aerial spraying can also make your outdoor setting more comfortable for pets like dogs and cats, which can also be bitten by mosquitoes or plagued by ticks.
Diseases & Dangers of Mosquitoes
Around the world, mosquitoes kill millions of people each year. It’s believed that malaria, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, killed Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. Many centuries later, people are still falling victim to the dangerous pathogens these pests transmit. Although mosquitoes in Massachusetts don’t transmit malaria, they do transmit other dangerous and potentially deadly pathogens such as West Nile Virus and Zika Virus. Aerial spraying can help reduce populations of mosquitoes that are known to carry these pathogens.
Pest & Mosquito Control Services
The best way to control mosquitoes in your Massachusetts setting is to contact a business that specializes in pest control–specifically, mosquito control. Our business features mosquito experts who can visit your Massachusetts landscape to spray for mosquitoes. Generally, we arrive with a backpack sprayer to conduct our spraying service. Treatments are designed to last for approximately four depending on their active ingredients, so many customers hire us to spray several times during the warm season to help them control mosquitoes.
Mosquito Control FAQs
Is mosquito spraying worth it?
Yes. When you hire a professional company that specializes in spraying for mosquitoes, you can dramatically reduce the risks associated with mosquitoes. You can make your yard and patio more comfortable by allowing our business to spray for mosquitoes.
How long do you have to stay off your lawn after spraying for mosquitoes?
Most mosquito spraying services recommend staying off lawns for about 30 minutes after treatments are applied. This includes keeping pets off lawns that have been sprayed too. It’s always a good idea to ask the business you hire about the time frame for staying off lawns too. They can provide you with specific information about the chemicals they use in their mosquito treatments.
How much does it cost to fog for mosquitoes?
Costs for mosquito aerial spraying or other treatments depend on the size of the yard or property to be sprayed. Most home owners can expect pricing to range around $100 per spray application, but again, costs will vary in association with property size and the specific business in question. Ideally, customers should call our company to request a spraying estimate.
Does the government spray to control mosquitoes?
Many communities in Massachusetts feature aerial spraying services for wooded sites or even neighborhoods. Contact your city or town hall to find out if it’s a mosquito control district. However, this spraying is conducted up and down community streets. The spray may not be enough to control mosquito populations for residents with wooded backyards or large properties.