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How To Get Rid of Mosquitoes

What should I do if I have mosquitoes? The most effective way to get rid of mosquitoes is to arrange specialized treatments by fully licensed pest control professionals.

With growing concerns about mosquito diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV), effective mosquito control services are becoming increasingly important.

Dumping out any standing water outside of the home is the main recommendation to homeowners as mosquitoes rely on and need water to breed.

Do not take any chances with mosquitoes! Call the experts at Ehrlich at for more advice.

Professional Mosquito Services from Ehrlich

At Ehrlich, our mosquito experts are fully trained, licensed professionals with knowledge of the habits and lifecycle of mosquitoes. Our industry approved training enables us to treat and get rid of mosquitoes as effectively as possible, helping to avoid painful bites.

Effective methods include the use of products that can control the winged adult mosquitoes and can also eliminate mosquito larvae before they have a chance to develop into adults.

We do not carry out treatment indoors as mosquitoes do not breed indoors. They are reliant on water, which they will often too easily find in your backyard.

Remember: Mosquitoes will breed in any container holding as little as just a cup of water!

Seasonal-long Mosquito Control

We can create a mosquito-free barrier around your property, as part of our mosquito prevention services. This program targets adult mosquitoes around a home. During the day, mosquitoes can rest on the vertical side of buildings or within low-lying vegetation.

Through the application of liquid pesticides to perimeter vegetation, ornamentals and mulch areas, we are able to target adult mosquitoes that will come into contact with these treated areas when they land to rest.

Vegetation Treatment

Using a power sprayer or mist blower (depending on state regulations and license categories), we apply mosquito adulticide to low-lying vegetation.

This method will eliminate mosquitoes on contact and after they land on treated surfaces. The adulticide will continue to repel mosquitoes for several weeks after application.

Mosquito Surveillance

Our mosquito control professionals routinely assist local health municipalities by sharing information about the numbers and kinds of mosquitoes in a local area. This helps local municipalities determine where they should be concentrating their mosquito control efforts in residential areas.

Mosquito Larviciding

This treatment targets mosquito larvae and pupae residing in smaller bodies of water. Ideal for use in seasonal pools / puddles, retention ponds, roadside ditches, swampy areas, abandoned swimming pools and water-filled depressions in yards or pastures.

The types of larvicide available to use by professionals:

Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) - a naturally occurring bacteria that specifically targets mosquito larvae (mosquito dunk). It produces a toxin when consumed. Other aquatic insects, like caddisflies and dragonfly naiads are not affected by BT. This method is less effective in very murky water with high levels of organic material.

Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs) - block development of mosquitoes to the adult stage. These materials come in a time release block or granule, and when wet, slowly dissolve to release the IGR.

Monomolecular film oils - biodegradable oil targets larvae and pupae. This is the best environmentally friendly option, because the actives are naturally-occurring and are highly specific to target mosquitoes.

If larvicide products are applied according to the label, and the treated water is not used for drinking water - there is little risk to human and pet health. As a rule, we do not apply larvicide to water that contains fish or that leads to waterways.

Your pest control professional will determine the type of larvicide to use after a thorough inspection / environmental assessment.

DIY Mosquito Control Products

While we do not endorse any of these products, a range of products are available to help you treat or control an existing mosquito problem.

If you decide to use these products, please be aware that they are not very effective, do not always offer a quick solution and they must be used correctly to ensure optimum results.

DEET is the most widely used active ingredient in insect repellents, and has been shown to be highly effective and safe. Using a DEET-based product or a repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredients is recommended as the most effective method of repelling mosquitoes.

Mosquito nets - effective, widely available and used worldwide to cover a sleeping area, mosquito nets can help to keep you safe from mosquitoes and their bites while you sleep at night. Nets can also be used on strollers and child carriers.

Coils - available in hardware stores and to buy online, these coils are burned to produce a mosquito repellent smoke.

Traps / Zappers - when hung outside, mosquito zappers can help to reduce mosquito numbers in your yard. Mosquitoes are attracted to the light from these traps, and on contact they are instantly eliminated.

Candles - burning citronella candles, in particular, can be effective in keeping mosquitoes away from you. Place these candles nearby to be effective.

DIY products cannot guarantee the reduction of a mosquito problem

No product or service will ever "completely" reduce mosquito infestations!

A pest control professional will always have the required knowledge about mosquito habits and lifecycle, access to effective control products and the necessary training to control or greatly reduce the invading mosquito species.

Natural Mosquito Deterrents

Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus - this is a natural ingredient often used in repellents. It is available from natural health food stores, but will not be as effective as commercially available repellents with an OLE formulation available to pest controllers.

Citronella - a very common, and easy to grow grass. If you plant this in your yard, it could help to deter mosquitoes but only if you crush the leaves to release its natural scent.

If you fail to resolve your mosquito problem using DIY products, please contact your local pest control professional for effective mosquito control services.

Call Ehrlich today at (888) 976-4649 for more advice on how to get rid of mosquitoes and for professional treatment.

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