When it comes to keeping pesky mosquitoes at bay, hiring a professional mosquito control service can be a game-changer. However, navigating the world of mosquito control services can be a daunting task, as each company may have its own unique approach.
From evaluating your property to selecting the right approach, and ensuring long-term effectiveness, there are several factors to consider.
In this blog, we will delve into the process of professional mosquito control, explore the elements of quality service, and provide you with valuable questions to ask when evaluating different mosquito control services. By the end, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge to make an informed decision that will help protect your family from the annoyance and potential health risks associated with mosquitoes.
Not All Professional Services Are Equal
It’s hard to lump every professional mosquito/pest control operation into one explanation. Every company’s process may differ, but generally a professional team begins by evaluating your outdoor property.
They may be able to identify a few things (and some may not) such as:
Current mosquito activity.
Shady spots where mosquitoes may rest.
Other vectors for later entry like standing water areas.
These teams often spray insecticides or other repellents once they finish the evaluation. These chemicals might be similar to naturally-occurring substances.
The Pesticide Timeline
Pesticides are often serious chemicals with varying dry times. You’ll want to make sure you’re available for the initial evaluation and prepare your home for when they spray.
Depending on the company, the dry time, and where they spray, preparation may require clearing your yard of objects as well as staying inside after the application.
The team you hire will hopefully have a timeline for you to reference. Certain chemicals may require different amounts of time to apply and sit.
Quality Mosquito Control
The barometer for mosquito control quality is that you see less mosquitoes. That seems pretty simple.
But for how long? Spraying an insecticide on the lawn may kill these insects in the blast but fail to keep them out long-term.
The mosquito season varies by your region. In the upper Midwest, it typically runs from May through September, whereas it may be year- round in areas of Florida and southern Texas.
Are you getting quality service if a professional team only comes out once a month? No. Monthly applications simply don’t do enough.
If your professional team sprays to kill but fails to repel, you will still see mosquitoes. If your professional team sprays to repel but fails to kill, you will also still see mosquitoes. Trial and error with a professional team you do not know can get expensive.
Evaluating Mosquito Control Services
To learn as much as possible, here are a series of questions you can ask a prospective pest control:
Is their service specific to mosquitoes or is it more general pest control?
How long does a session take?
Do we have to leave our home during the treatment process?
How long before we can be outside in the yard?
What is the cost of mosquito control for the year?
How many sessions does it take to see results?
Is the solution safe for my children and pets?
With these answers in hand, you’ll be able to compare professional services and make a sound decision for your family. However, that probably sounds like a lot of phone calls, a lot of research, and a lot of comparison.
Finding the right professional mosquito control service may require some effort, but the benefits are well worth it. By understanding the mosquito control process, assessing the quality of service, and asking the right questions, you can ensure that you make an informed decision that meets your needs and provides effective mosquito control for your property.
Remember, it’s not just about killing mosquitoes in the short term; it’s about creating a long-lasting solution that keeps these pests at bay throughout the mosquito season. With the knowledge gained from this blog, you can confidently compare different services, select the one that suits your requirements, and enjoy a peaceful yard all summer long.