When you think of the world’s most deadly creature, what comes to mind? Sharks? Snakes? Perhaps, tigers or lions?
You might be surprised that the world’s most deadly creature is actually the mosquito!
Yes, the teeny, tiny, blood-sucking mosquito. Seriously, look it up and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about. The mosquito kills more people every year than any other creature on the planet.
As you might have guessed, this is because the mosquito can carry and transmit deadly diseases like West Nile and Zika virus. Every single bite from a mosquito carries some risk and that can cause a lingering sense of uncertainty when you’re spending time outside.
While these diseases are obviously less prevalent in the United States, and people living here have a better chance of recovering from these diseases if they do get them, they are still a serious threat that you simply don’t want to risk.
You just want to be able to enjoy time outside with your friends and family without worrying about mosquitoes. After all, even when mosquitoes are not carrying a deadly disease they are still a major nuisance!
For these reasons, you might be looking into mosquito control treatments in Memphis, TN. You want to know what backyard mosquito control schedule you should follow to get the best results. You probably already understand that spraying one or two times just isn’t going to cover it if you truly want to be able to address these pests.
In this article, we’ll answer your questions on when and how often to spray for mosquitoes in Memphis, TN.
Understanding when to spray for mosquitoes will help ensure that you’re fully covered. The key is to target mosquitoes throughout their entire season. An area where homeowners sometimes fall short is by implementing a DIY solution or using a company that doesn’t treat often enough for mosquitoes.
Unfortunately, the full mosquito season is long. It can feel like these pesky creatures are living forever sometimes. Here in Memphis, TN, the prime mosquito season runs all the way from April through October. It is during this timeframe that you should be using mosquito control treatments in your yard.
Sometimes, homeowners don’t notice mosquitoes early in the season and they might be inclined to ask about starting treatments later. But that’s only going to cause you to fall behind. Just because you aren’t getting “eaten alive” by mosquitoes does not mean they haven’t already started breeding on your property.
You want to start treating mosquitoes before they become a major problem! The idea is to be as proactive as possible.
One thing that homeowners don’t always realize is that during a single mosquito season (April to October), there are multiple generations of mosquitoes. People tend to assume it’s the same mosquitoes bugging them all season long. That’s not the case at all, though.
In fact, most species of mature adult mosquitoes only live for a couple of weeks. That’s why it’s so important that you continue to treat mosquitoes throughout the entire season. Just because you’ve diminished one generation does not mean that your worries are over.
We wish it weren’t true but one of the reasons why the mosquito is so dangerous is that it is truly persistent. Mosquitoes will continue to breed throughout that entire time period and new generations just keep coming.
In terms of how often you need to utilize mosquito control treatments, this can differ based on the product that you are applying and its application recommendations.
When you see variations in what other mosquito control companies might be doing in terms of application periods, you have to remember that they might be using different products from one another.
At Master Lawn, we are coming out for seven visits, spaced out throughout the prime mosquito season (30 to 40 days apart). This is the ideal timing for the specific mosquito control products that we are utilizing.
Because we use a totally safe, organic mosquito control product, it’s important that we are keeping up with those regular treatments. It is highly effective but it does wear off or degrade over time. That’s why we come out and treat every 30 to 40 days during the mosquito season. Some more potent products might last longer but could cause homeowners to question their safety.
At Master Lawn, our optimized mosquito control timing is a big part of our success. Of course, while timing truly is critical, there’s also more to it.
Another key to our success is that we are identifying and then targeting prime mosquito habitats on your property. A lot of people are surprised to learn that mosquitoes are weak fliers and stop often to rest. The key to getting rid of mosquitoes on your property is figuring out where they’re going to take that rest and treating those areas with an effective product.
Along with timing and targeted applications, it’s also powerful that we are taking extra steps to make cultural recommendations that will help you to reduce the mosquito population on your property even further. For instance, we might leave recommendations in regard to areas of standing water on your property that are serving as breeding grounds.
Or, if we notice you have clogged gutters, we’ll point that out, too.
On some properties, there can be areas of standing water that aren’t “fixable,” like an intentional birdbath or a pond. When warranted, we are also using an additional mosquito control treatment specifically targeting areas of water that go the extra mile in addressing mosquito breeding. These materials are targeted only to mosquitoes in the larval stage so they won’t hurt fish or other creatures.
At the end of the day, all of this adds up to the fact that we genuinely care about helping you to achieve successful results.
If you have been battling mosquitoes for a while, you might be feeling frustrated or even hopeless. But you do not have to let the mosquitoes win. There are solutions out there that can successfully address your problems.
With the right mosquito control treatments, you can gain confidence that your mosquito problem will be taken care of. That means finally letting go of your worries and getting back to enjoying your yard.
Ready to say goodbye to mosquitoes at your Memphis, Tennessee or Northern Mississippi home? Talk to an expert, learn more about our organic mosquito control program to one of our 3 lawn care programs, and become the master of your lawn.