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The Best Mosquito Control Method For Your Fort Myers Property

How do you keep Fort Myers mosquitoes from biting you in your yard? Do you use repellents? Do you have an outdoor, screened-in recreation area? There are many ways to avoid mosquito bites. But what is the best way to repel mosquitoes? Today, we'll share some fun facts about mosquitoes that will help keep mosquitoes away from your yard. We'll also discuss some of the challenges of DIY mosquito control methods and products that promise to give you ways to repel mosquitoes but ultimately fall short. We have packed a lot of helpful information into this one.

Before we get started, we'd like to quickly remind you that Stat Pest Control provides effective mosquito pest control in Fort Myers. If you want a simple solution, jump to our contact page and request a service. It doesn't get any easier than that. How do you keep mosquitoes from biting you in your yard? Do you use repellents? Do you have an outdoor, screened-in recreation area? There are many ways to avoid mosquito bites. But what is the best way to repel mosquitoes? Today, we'll share some fun facts about mosquitoes that will help keep mosquitoes away from your yard. We'll also discuss some of the challenges of DIY mosquito control methods and products that promise to give you ways to repel mosquitoes but ultimately fall short. We have packed a lot of helpful information into this one.

Before we get started, we'd like to quickly remind you that Stat Pest Control provides effective mosquito pest control in Fort Myers. If you want a simple solution, jump to our contact page and request a service. It doesn't get any easier than that.

Mosquito Means 'Little Fly'

In Spanish, the word mosquito means little fly. The reason for this is apparent. It is, after all, a little fly. But we're pretty sure this would have been the second choice if there was a word in Spanish for a tiny, irritating, parasitic pest.

The ways pests are named often help us understand what they do or how they behave. For example, bed bugs prefer to hide in beds, and cave crickets tend to hang out in cellars and basements. Palmetto bugs hide under Palmetto fronds. Can we learn something from the name of mosquitoes?

Little flies are difficult to keep out of areas where you don't want them. If you put up a tent in your backyard, you'll need to work hard to keep mosquitoes out of that tent. Not only will they fly right in when you open the flap to your screened-in outdoor recreation area, but they'll also get in through any gap or hole.

Little flies are hard to keep out of your home as well. They'll fly in when you come in or go out. They'll find tiny gaps around your screens. They'll get in through gaps around your pipes if there are gaps.

There is no doubt that the best control for mosquitoes is to use nets to keep them off. Mosquito netting works far better than any other mosquito control product available to consumers. And, while nets obstruct your view of your yard, they're worth it because it is far easier to control mosquitoes in a small environment than in your whole yard—at least it seems that way.

We don't believe screened-in tents are the right choice for mosquito control. It is far better to go with professional mosquito reduction, which reduces the number of mosquitoes on your entire property. When you deal with mosquitoes in this way, you can go outside and freely enjoy your yard. You'll also have better rest at night when you don't have that occasional mosquito in your bedroom.

Mosquito Bites Can Spread Dangerous Diseases

When you have seasonal mosquito control, you take your backyard back. It is so nice to go out there and enjoy your yard without having irritating mosquitoes pestering you and plaguing you with itchy bites! That is more than enough reason to get mosquito control. But there is an added benefit. Mosquito control is used across the country to deter the spread of mosquito-borne diseases during outbreaks. When you remove the mosquitoes from your yard, you create a buffer against these illnesses. But there is much confusion about mosquito diseases. You may wonder, "Why am I always getting mosquito bites but never getting sick?" Let's take a minute to address some of that confusion.

  • Mosquitoes have to contract a disease from an animal or a human. There are no local animal populations in the United States with malaria, Zika virus, dengue fever, and several other dangerous diseases. Therefore, mosquitoes in America don't have access to these viruses yearly.
  • You can get sick from a mosquito bite and not know it. Even the worst mosquito diseases, like malaria, Zika virus, and West Nile virus, can produce zero symptoms. If you are asymptomatic, you can carry the disease and give it to other mosquitoes without realizing you are sick. Travelers from other countries sometimes bring diseases here without realizing they're sick. 
  • The mosquitoes in your yard live in your yard. When hundreds of mosquitoes hatch in your yard, they're likely to stay in your yard. Mosquitoes don't typically travel far from where they hatch. Therefore, they'll only get exposed to mosquito-borne viruses on your property. The risk increases when infected animals or people come into your yard.
  • Not all species spread every mosquito disease. The primary carrier of West Nile virus (which is endemic to the U.S.) are Culex mosquitoes. If a region of the country doesn't have these mosquitoes, then the West Nile virus is not a threat. 
  • Not all mosquitoes can spread human pathogens. Some species aren't able to transmit any dangerous viruses. You can have hundreds of these mosquitoes in your yard without fear of getting a mosquito-borne virus.
  • A mosquito doesn't have to have a virus to make some individuals sick. If you have an allergy to mosquito saliva, you could get sick from a mosquito bite. A mosquito allergy can lead to painful swollen bites with immune response symptoms. 

When mosquitoes come into your yard, they mostly torment you with irritating and itchy bites, but there is always a risk of sickness. It is essential to take steps to prevent mosquito bites. The best way to do that is to get seasonal mosquito reduction in Fort Myers.

Do-It-Yourself Mosquito Control Can Fall Short

It might seem like we're pushing professional mosquito pest control services, but we genuinely believe professional service is the best option. People try to protect themselves from mosquito bites in many ways, but these methods don't work well. Some of them don't work at all. When deciding what to do about mosquitoes and whether or not to get seasonal mosquito reduction, it helps to know why general DIY mosquito control falls short.

The most important fact to understand is that only female mosquitoes bite you, and you won't easily deter those female mosquitoes from biting because it is a matter of life and death for their species. If your blood was just one of many meals, you could probably keep mosquitoes away with relative ease, but female mosquitoes draw blood for reproduction. If they don't get a blood meal, they can't lay hundreds of eggs, and if they can't lay eggs, their species won't survive. There is a level of desperation involved. For this reason, you can douse yourself with the best mosquito repellent on the market and still get mosquito bites. Of course, who wants to bathe in mosquito repellent before going out into the yard? Few do this. But they do things that are similarly ineffective.

  • Candles and torches. Do they keep mosquitoes away? A little bit. But motivated mosquitoes will pass through or go around the scent of these candles to get a blood meal.
  • Plants. Are there plants that have an aroma that mosquitoes don't like? Yup. But don't put all of your eggs into that basket. You have to rub plants to activate the mosquito-repelling aromas. On top of this, mosquitoes will go around or through them to get a meal if necessary.
  • Mouthwash. Some swear by the use of mouthwash to keep mosquitoes away. Does it work? Some products work. The ones that work do a fantastic job. But don't get too excited. The essential oils in the mouthwash products that work are naturally-derived and break down quickly. You'll have to spray frequently to keep mosquitoes away. The same is true of any mixture that you create from essential oils.
  • Bug Zappers. Surely, this is the way to get rid of mosquitoes! Sadly, no. First, bug zappers address the symptoms of the problem, not the source. You can destroy mosquitoes continually and never get rid of them. Mosquitoes can reproduce quicker than you can cull their populations. But this isn't the real problem with bug zappers. In research studies, researchers have almost exclusively found male mosquitoes in zappers. The females don't get zapped. They are, however, attracted to the light of bug zappers. So zappers can lure them into your yard, but they aren't going to do a great job of stopping them from biting you.

Much of the reason why it is so challenging to keep mosquitoes away from your home is those female mosquitoes don't deter easily. The solution is not to deter them but to eliminate them. When you get seasonal mosquito reduction, your service provider knocks down adult mosquitoes periodically throughout the year. What this does is flick a reset switch. It takes time for new female mosquitoes to come into your yard and lay more eggs and for the newly hatched mosquitoes to grow into flying (and biting) adults. 

The Key To Successful Mosquito Control For Your Property

There is no better way to control mosquitoes than to have routine treatments. Professionals use professional-grade materials and are equipped with backpack units to apply the materials in crucial areas on your property. On top of this, we inspect your yard and consider conducive conditions, breeding sites, and other factors that can contribute to a mosquito problem. Are you in Fort Myers? If so, contact Stat Pest Control today for a free estimate and to get started on our effective Fort Myers mosquito reduction services.