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How To Prevent Mosquitoes In Allentown, Pennsylvania

March 23, 2018

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The snow may still be ground in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but mosquito season is just around the corner! Almost as soon as the last snowflake lands, just when we begin to come outside to begin our spring cleanup after a long winter, the mosquitoes are out in full force. Here are some things you can do to prepare for the upcoming mosquito season:

  • Eliminate Breeding Grounds. Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, or slowly moving water. Within 7 to 10 days, those eggs hatch. To reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard, eliminate sources of standing water by emptying buckets, children's toys, pet food bowls, clogged gutters, and anything else that's collecting water.

  • Add Fish and Frogs to Ponds. If you have small ponds on your property, add fish and frogs! They'll eat the mosquito eggs and live mosquitoes.

  • Plant Mosquito Deterrents. Mosquitoes don't like the smell of citronella oil. Plant citronella plants around your yard to discourage mosquitoes. You can also plant catnip, lemon balm, basil, marigolds, and horsemint to help deter mosquitoes.

  • Wear DEET Bug Spray. When you're spending time outdoors, apply mosquito repellent with DEET to your clothing and exposed areas of skin.

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. They transmit a variety of deadly diseases to humans and our domestic pets. In Pennsylvania, there are several mosquito species capable of transmitting diseases with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. The most common mosquito-borne diseases in Pennsylvania include Eastern equine encephalomyelitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, the West Nile virus, and Zika virus.

The do-it-yourself methods for reducing mosquitoes around your home are somewhat useful, but due to the risks of contracting serious diseases from mosquitoes – professional mosquito control solutions are necessary. While mosquitoes cannot be completely eliminated from your property, having seasonal mosquito control services in place will drastically reduce the mosquito population at your property and reduce your risks for mosquito-borne diseases.

Moyer Pest Control's surefire solution to being overrun with mosquitoes is a management plan that includes six monthly outdoor treatments during the height of mosquito season in Allentown - from May to October. Our technician will come to your home and walk around your property treating foliage, buildings, patios, vegetation areas and any place where mosquitoes are likely to rest or breed. Get the jump on mosquitoes this spring by partnering with Moyer Pest Control today.

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