Mosquito Spray: Does it Work?

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Mosquito Spray


Mosquito sprays can help protect your yard and your outdoor events from invading mosquitoes. Homeowners have the option of using ready-to-use garden or hose end-sprayers, aerosols or foggers to treat their yards. Sprays for mosquitoes should be administered in and around mosquito resting sites, such as tall grass, standing water, lawn edges and flower beds. There are also mosquito sprays specifically made and labeled for use on clothing that can protect you when you are camping, hiking or just enjoying nature. In general, mosquito repellents work by interfering with the female mosquito’s ability to detect the environmental cues that she uses to find a host. Learn what products are available and how to use them for the best results.


Mosquito Sprays for the Yard


Mosquito sprays for the yard are ideal prior to a backyard event. Depending on the product, sprays available to homeowners can last up to a few hours or several days. Professional applications tend to last longer because licensed pest control specialists have expertise and access to professional-grade products and can administer them using a more effective method. Active ingredients in common lawn, landscape, yard and garden insecticides can be toxic to other living things, so you and your pets should not enter the yard until after the spray has dried. Read and strictly follow the label instructions on the product prior to using it to help ensure it is being used safely. Additionally, it is important to be aware of other native wildlife and not spray where other living animals could be harmed.


Mosquito Sprays for Yourself


The most commonly used mosquito killer spray is DEET. It is used by more than 50 million Americans each year for protection from mosquito bites, and it has been applied more than one billion times over the past 40+ years. In general, the length of mosquito protection provided by DEET increases as the concentration of active ingredient in the product increases, up to 30%.

Some essential oils have also been studied for their effectiveness in repelling mosquitoes. Oils, such as citronella, lemon eucalyptus and tea tree can all help to repel mosquitoes for at least 2–3 hours when mixed with water or a base oil like almond oil.


Tips for Control


In addition to treating your yard, there are a few modifications you can make to help reduce mosquito populations around your home. Mosquitoes tend to live in areas where there is standing water, shade and tall grass. Doing the following can help keep them away:

  • Mowing the lawn regularly.
  • Cutting away any tall weeds.
  • Removing any containers with standing water.
  • Ensuring you have proper drainage, so water does not pool around your home.

If mosquitoes continue to be a problem, consult a pest control specialist. Terminix® has a mosquito solution that begins working immediately and can protect your yard for weeks. Contact Terminix today to schedule an appointment.