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3 Tips for Mosquito Prevention in Arizona

If you haven’t noticed, the mosquitoes are back. Mosquitoes tend to annoy Arizona residents throughout the summer, particularly during and after monsoon season.

As we move into October, we’re getting closer to the end of mosquito season, and they seem to be going out with a bang.

So, today let’s talk about the top 3 ways to keep mosquitoes out of your yard, and your home…

Standing Water: Keep standing water off of your property. In October, Arizonans tend to seed for winter lawns. With that winter seen comes watering…lots of watering…which could mean puddles and standing water. It you find that your winter lawn is accumulating puddles, you could be attracting mosquitoes.

Have your local pest control professionals come out to fog for mosquitoes, and have your landscaper come out to check the sprinkler system.

Install Fans on Your Patio: Mosquitoes hate wind. Even a steady wind at 1mph can keep mosquitoes away. So, before you have to call Magic Pest Control to come fog for mosquitoes, consider installing a few outdoor, patio fans. When you’re outside, turn those fans on high and you shouldn’t have a problem with mosquito bites.

Take a Breather: Day says carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary thing mosquitoes search for to identify food sources. And when your heart rate is elevated, your body produces more CO2. From exercise to drinking alcohol or eating spicy foods, anything that cranks up your metabolic rate will increase your CO2 production—and make you irresistible to mosquitoes, Day says. (Unfortunately, being overweight or pregnant can also up your CO2 output, he adds.)

If you have mosquitoes and just can’t stand it anymore, contact Magic Pest Control. We fog for mosquitoes!!

3 Tips for Mosquito Prevention in Arizona

If you haven’t noticed, the mosquitoes are back. Mosquitoes tend to annoy Arizona residents throughout the summer, particularly during and after monsoon season.

As we move into October, we’re getting closer to the end of mosquito season, and they seem to be going out with a bang.

So, today let’s talk about the top 3 ways to keep mosquitoes out of your yard, and your home…

Standing Water: Keep standing water off of your property. In October, Arizonans tend to seed for winter lawns. With that winter seen comes watering…lots of watering…which could mean puddles and standing water. It you find that your winter lawn is accumulating puddles, you could be attracting mosquitoes.

Have your local pest control professionals come out to fog for mosquitoes, and have your landscaper come out to check the sprinkler system.

Install Fans on Your Patio: Mosquitoes hate wind. Even a steady wind at 1mph can keep mosquitoes away. So, before you have to call Magic Pest Control to come fog for mosquitoes, consider installing a few outdoor, patio fans. When you’re outside, turn those fans on high and you shouldn’t have a problem with mosquito bites.

Take a Breather: Day says carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary thing mosquitoes search for to identify food sources. And when your heart rate is elevated, your body produces more CO2. From exercise to drinking alcohol or eating spicy foods, anything that cranks up your metabolic rate will increase your CO2 production—and make you irresistible to mosquitoes, Day says. (Unfortunately, being overweight or pregnant can also up your CO2 output, he adds.)

If you have mosquitoes and just can’t stand it anymore, contact Magic Pest Control. We fog for mosquitoes!!

How To Prevent Mosquito Illness

Monsoon season is not over yet, and the mosquitoes are just beginning to become bothersome. But, mosquitoes are more than bothersome, they can be quite dangerous.

From the Zika Virus to the West Nile Virus to more common illnesses, mosquitoes can carry all sorts of dangerous diseases.

Did you know that Magic Pest Control does mosquito fogging? Keep mosquitoes away from your home, pets and family by having a pest control expert come out and fog for mosquitoes. There is no better way to keep mosquitoes away from your family.

While mosquitoes carrying fatal diseases are not incredibly common, there is still a high percentage of Arizona mosquitoes that can be extremely dangerous, particularly to children and seniors.

To help prevent mosquitoes and mosquito bites:

  • Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Check for items outside the home that collect water, such as cans, bottles, jars, buckets, old tires, drums and other containers and get rid of them.
  • Change water in flower vases, birdbaths, planters, troughs, and animal watering pans at least twice a week. Be sure to scrub them out when changing water.
  • Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets, and move air conditioner drain hoses frequently to prevent standing water.
  • If you have a swimming pool, keep it operational. If you must keep it out of use, make sure you remove the standing water, keep it chlorinated, or run the filter daily.
  • Even a short time being outdoors can be long enough to get a mosquito bite. Take extra care to use insect repellent and protective clothing. When outdoors, use an EPA-registered and CDC approved insect repellent.
  • Keep mosquitoes outside by having well-fitting screens on both windows and doors.

If you have mosquitoes at your home, the best thing you can do is give Magic Pest Control a call. We’ll take care of those mosquitoes for you!

Is Your Yard a Breeding Ground for Mosquitoes?

You yard might be infested with mosquito eggs right now, and you’d have no idea. Your neighbor’s yard, or your neighborhood green belt might be infested with mosquito eggs right now, all waiting to hatch and invade your property.

Mosquitoes are resilient creatures, having been around since before the dawn of man (remember the movie Jurassic Park). They are not only resilient, the amazing monsoon season we’ve seen here in Arizona these past two months has made conditions ripe for a mosquito invasion.

With hot and humid temperatures, combined with an enormous amount of rain and soil that seems to remain damp for days on end, mosquitoes are breeding like there’s no tomorrow.

Mosquitoes need water to breed. They need standing water, or in some cases moist soil, to lay their eggs. Mosquitoes need humid environments to keep those eggs healthy. A mosquito life cycle has four stages, all of which depend on water and food.

If you have any standing water around your home, you can apply larvicide and treat the area, although it’s best to call in a pest control expert to do it for you.

Mosquitoes can live up to 8 months, as long as they survive hungry birds and swatting hands. During that time they’ll continue to breed and lay eggs if the environment is right…like right now.

Here are some ways to control mosquitoes around your home:

  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property.
  • Empty standing water from used or discarded tires (pdf) that may have accumulated on your property (e.g. tire swings).
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left out of doors.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters on an annual basis, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths.
  • Change water in birdbaths and wading pools on a weekly basis.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.

If your mosquito problem is beyond control, call in the Magic Pest Control experts. We now fog for mosquitoes!

DIY Mosquito Repellent: Keep Mosquitoes Away This Season

DIY Mosquito Repellent: Keep Mosquitoes Away This Season

We’ve gotten a lot of rain this monsoon season, and the mosquitoes are out in full force. Technically, it’s not even mosquito season yet, but the rain and the pretty extreme humidity has made the Arizona valley a breeding ground for mosquitoes…quite literally.

Did you know that Magic Pest Control does mosquito fogging? Yes, we have to tools to keep mosquitoes out of your yard and away from your home.

But for today’s blog, we thought we’d give you some DIY ways to keep mosquitoes away from your property, pets and loved ones.

Get Rid of Stagnant Water: After a rain, it’s common to have puddles of stagnant water around the yard. But this is what calls to mosquitoes. This is exactly what mosquitoes need to survive and multiply. Stagnant, standing puddles of water near or around your Phoenix home will attract thousands of mosquitoes who will multiply quickly. If you have any standing water around your home or in your Phoenix yard, get rid of it.

Natural Repellents: There are certain scents and plants that mosquitoes tend to avoid. Citronella candles can partially do the trick, but better yet is to get citronella plants. They secrete a scent that mosquitoes avoid. Lavender also keeps mosquitoes away. So planting planting lavender might be a good idea.

BBQ Party: If you have people coming over this weekend and want some additional DIY ideas to keep mosquitoes away from your Phoenix home, consider tossing some rosemary on the BBQ. As with citronella and lavender, mosquitoes hate the scent of rosemary. Toss some on the bbq before and during your outdoor party, and the mosquitoes will stay away.

Add Some Garlic: In my family, we can never have enough garlic. It’s not only great for your body, it’s also great for your Phoenix home as a repellent to mosquitoes. So toss some more on that burger on the BBQ!

Mosquito Traps: While not as effective as having Magic Pest Control professionals come out and fog your property, mosquito traps can be useful for containing your mosquito problem.

The best solution to get rid of mosquitoes this time of year is to call Magic Pest Control and have us come out to fog.