If you’ve noticed pictures of my backyard, they usually look pretty light on foliage.
But, if you pan just left of that picture and the rest of our backyard, as well as the side of our front and our neighbors, there are a lot of trees and grass (just look through our kitchen window). Add to that that it doesn’t get a ton of sun, any rain or water tends to sit on the grass and in the yard. What does that mean in our climate? Mosquitos. Lots of them that love to eat and attack us.
We have a great backyard and hardly ever go out there because of the bugs. Yes, we have a great natural bug spray that I make that works well, but we just get worn down going outside and having to spray everybody to keep the mosquitos away.
We were outside at our friends house and we’re getting any bites at all and I asked her how. She told us that they had a company come spray monthly to help reduce them in their yard. When I was looking into having a service come, I received an email from Arrow Exterminators offering to provide a pest service at our house…I knew that the mosquitos were it.
They came out and treated our yard soon after. We just had to stay inside for about an hour and then the kids could go outside and play.
We noticed a difference in the mosquitos immediately. Then after a couple heavy rains, we noticed they started to come back again. Arrow will come out and reapply monthly with the annual service. If you ask, they will come out and re-service sooner if necessary.
The mosquito treatments are reduction treatments that require multiple visits as mosquitos will come back if there aren’t active steps taken to prevent them. So, we have to make sure the girls don’t leave buckets in the backyard to collect water and take other precautions suggested by Arrow to help prevent the mosquitos from coming back.
- Eliminate all sources of standing water such as children’s wading pools, birdbaths and flower pots
- Keep rain gutters cleaned out to prevent water from standing in drains
- Cut back or get rid of unnecessary vegetation around the home where mosquitoes can breed and/or nest
- When swimming pools aren’t in use, keep them covered to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs
- Remove water that has collected in tree holes and hollow stumps
- Screen windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside homes;
- Consider using yellow bug light bulbs in outdoor light fixtures – the bulbs reduce the number of flying insects around your home.
Do you have a mosquito service to help reduce them at your house? Is it a service you need?