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.

All Natural Pest Control

When it comes to your home you want to keep it as safe as possible for your family. So, when it comes to doing pest control to keep those pest out you may be a little hesitant when it comes to using pesticides filled with different chemicals.

Sometimes many pesticides can be more harmful to you and your family then they are to the actual pest. There are some organic pesticides that you can buy, but those still contain some small amounts of harmful chemicals

If you want to still keep those annoying pest out of your house, you can try using these all natural DIY methods, that will keep you, your family, and your home safe.

  • If you have ants, you can start by trying and filling a small spray bottle with soapy water. Using mint is also a great way to keep ants out of your home. Try leaving mint tea bags in the area where the ants are most active. You may love cucumbers, however ants do not. leave either slices of cucumber or cucumber peels near the entry point of the ants.
  • If you have cockroaches, the first and best way to keep them away is by keeping your kitchen and bathrooms clean. If you still have a problem with cockroaches you can sprinkle diatomaceous earth along the bases of your cabinets, as well as inside and behind your appliances. Again, have that spray bottle with soapy water handy because spraying the soapy water directly on the roaches will kill them.
  • If mosquitos are hanging around your house, the most important thing to do first, is try and eliminate any areas of sitting water. Mosquitoes do not like sage or rosemary, so try burning a small amount coals that you grill with and sprinkle some of these herbs on top.

Keep Mosquitos At Bay Conveniently with 4 Helpful Strategies

Keep Mosquitos At Bay Conveniently with 4 Helpful Strategies

Because of the Zika virus that is taking the U.S. by storm, mosquitos are on everyone’s minds.

Here in Arizona, we’ve seen resurgence, of sorts, of mosquitoes…and it worries us, all of us.

There is little worse than having your Gilbert, AZ yard full of mosquitos –except for having the pests all over your house, too.

Mosquitos are really annoying outside, but at least when you head out you can put on bug spray to keep them away from you.

If mosquitos get inside, though, it’s uncomfortable for everyone.

Keep Mosquitos At Bay Conveniently with 4 Helpful Strategies

You can’t wear bug spray all the time. In that case, it’s time for pest control to take over.

You can do your own pest control for mosquito prevention at home. Just use these 4 strategies:

Place Lavender near Access Points

Humans love lavender and often wear it in perfumes or use lavender scented products. Add lavender scents to everything you can during the mosquito season because mosquitos hate the smell of it.

To really protect your home, place a small lavender scented candle or glass with lavender oil in it near windows and doors.

Mosquitos will be repulsed and stay far away.

Plant Flowers and Vegetation that Mosquitos Hate

You can also just plant lavender in your yard. Other types of plants to add to your gardens in order to keep mosquitos away include:






Plants like these add attractive vegetation to your yard and subtly ward off mosquitos with their natural odors (which, of course, are pleasant to people.)

Get Rid of Standing Water

You might have noticed that there are more mosquitos around when it rains. Mosquitos love damp areas. If they can find standing water, they will be glad to settle there.

Ponds, puddles, rain collection bins, and even spots where water pool near leaky faucets can all attract the annoying insects.

Cover any standing water during mosquito season or place it far from your home or parts of the yard that you like to spend time in.

Use Fire to Keep Them Away

Smoke naturally puts mosquitos off. Setting some scented items on fire can enhance that quality majorly.

If you want mosquitoes to leave you and your Gilbert, AZ home alone, try lighting citronella candles.

Or, throw rosemary on the grill for a natural form of pest control.

If you’re still having trouble with mosquitoes, or any other pests, around your home, don’t hesitate to call the pest control professionals here at Magic Pest Control.

Mosquitos are quickly becoming a pest that you definitely do not want around your home, your pets and your family.

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Record Mosquitos in Arizona

Record Mosquitos in Arizona

According to surveys, Arizona is having record numbers of mosquitos in Maricopa due to the heavy rains.

Maricopa County officials say they have received more than 10,000 complaints this year, which is almost double the rate for 2013, the Associated Press reports.

“We’ve been seeing a lot of mosquitoes, a majority of them are floodwater mosquitoes. Those are the ones that have been generating most of the calls,” said County Environmental Services Department spokesman Johnny Dilone.

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