When is DIY a Horrible Idea?

When you are in the pest control industry, sometimes you find yourself searching for odd things on the internet. My browser history is full of things like “How much blood can a mosquito consume in one meal?” or “How many times do a mosquito’s wings beat per second?” This week as I was doing some online research, I came across an article about DIY insect repellents that included things such as vinegar, active yeast and detergent. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of DIY projects for the house, and the aforementioned products are harmless, but it did bring up a great question. Should pest control be something that gets added to your “things to do” list around the house? The short answer is – No! It’s definitely one you should leave to the professionals. Here are a few reasons why:

  • What you buy in the store will not have the same active ingredients most pest control experts will use. At Mosquito Joe, all of the barrier spray chemicals we use are synthetic forms of pyrethrins called pyrethroids. Pyrethroids are used in numerous commercial products that consumers use to control insects such as household pest insecticides, pet shampoos and sprays, and even lice shampoos applied directly to the scalp, so while it is family friendly you definitely won’t find the product at your home improvement store.
  • Even if you do track the product down, you won’t know how to apply it effectively. Mosquito Joe technicians have product application knowledge learned through their formal training that the average consumer doesn’t, and they will use that knowledge to effectively treat your property with the proper amount of chemicals and the correct application techniques.
  • There’s so many better things to do with your time! While all of these rules pertain to all pest control, for this one we’re speaking about mosquito control in particular. When our trained technicians treat your property, they’ll have your yard treated in about 20-30 minutes, and after another 30 minutes of dry time, you’re back outside enjoying your yard. Trying to get rid of mosquitoes, fleas and ticks yourself could be a very time consuming endeavor to try to do yourself. Let us handle the hard work, you handle the outside fun. Spend that time finishing your indoor chores so that when we’re done you’ll have no excuse to stay inside!

With Mosquito Joe you get a 100% satisfaction guarantee and the ease of mind of trained technicians. Couple that with how flexible scheduling the service is (you don’t need to be home!) and there is no reason you should chance DIY mosquito control. Whether it’s hanging yeast from a bottle or spraying product yourself, don’t be tempted to try to bring pest control under the DIY umbrella. We’ve got you covered. Call your local Mosquito Joe and make sure the spring of 2016 will be swat-free.


Can Winter Put an End to Mosquitoes?

Last week in Virginia Beach, we had record temperatures in the seventies and even eighties, which was hardly what you’d think of as holiday weather in December. But, this week we woke up to 25 degrees and snow flurries! Talk about a swing on the thermometer! If the weather has gotten cold in your area, you might crossed mosquitoes off the list for now, but that shouldn’t be the case. Even during winter months and cold temperatures, female mosquitoes are around. Sorry to disappoint, but mosquitoes have been on this planet for millions of years; a few snow storms aren’t going to send them packing!

That said, they do go into a state called diapause. During diapause, mosquitoes shut down their development and basically hibernate until spring comes. That’s right, they don’t die – they just stop…and wait… Pest Control Technology wrote an article on the four seasons and how insects respond, so if the creepiness of insect hibernation interests you, definitely check it out. Mosquito eggs are even more resilient. The eggs have been known to stand up to many harsh weather and environment situations and survive through them. While it is very common for female mosquitoes to lay their eggs on or near standing water, they can survive desert situations, freezing temperatures, and other forces of nature such as thunderstorms. Keep in mind that once a mosquito egg hatches, it becomes an adult (adult = biting) in 4-7 days, so this process is a quick once the life cycle begins.

So, what can you do this winter to make sure you aren’t supplying a breeding ground for hatching in the spring? Make sure your yards are clear of anything that can catch rainwater or melting snow. Yes, be cautious of the snow! Melting snow turns into water and mosquitoes breed in water. These can include something as simple as a child’s toy, a shovel laying on the ground, flowerpots or a swing. Keep these empty and you can avoid an overabundance of mosquito eggs.  And of course, go ahead and get on the schedule for the first spray of the season in 2016 with your local Mosquito Joe. We’ll make sure you spend your time doing the things you love instead of swatting this spring and summer.