Whether you’re new to TruGreen or a longtime customer, you’re likely aware of how much we value living life outside. As the weather warms, outdoor fun can quickly turn into a swat-fest when buzzing, biting mosquitoes attack. TruGreen is committed to helping our customers enjoy life outside without having to worry about biting pests. If you are wondering how to effectively get rid of mosquitoes in your yard or on your property, you’ve come to the right place.
Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked mosquito defense questions that will help clear up any lingering wonders as we transition from cooler temps to warmer weather.
· When do mosquitoes begin to hatch?
Mosquito activity relies heavily on temperature. When temperatures outside reach 50 degrees in the evening, mosquitoes will begin to lay eggs, or previously laid eggs will begin to hatch. In short, when you’re ready to enjoy the outdoors, so are they.
· What happens to mosquitoes during cold weather?
Though mosquito activity will be suppressed when temperatures drop below 50 degrees, mosquito populations will not be killed. These smart little pests will seek shelter from the cold in cracks and crevices in tree holes, leaf litter or nearby structures. Once the temperature rises above the 50-degree threshold, they will again become active -- and will likely be very hungry.
· How will rain affect my recent mosquito application?
If you received a Mosquito Defense service and it rained, do not worry. Normal rainfall does not impact the effectiveness of your treatment. Our mosquito specialists are using and applying products in the most effective way that will not be impacted by rain. Also, remember that your service is guaranteed, so if you find that you experience biting mosquitoes between regularly scheduled treatments, notify us and we will retreat the property at no additional charge.
· Did I read that right? You have a Mosquito-Free Guarantee?!
We certainly do! We want you to live life outside and enjoy your yard to the fullest extent, which is why we’ll gladly perform a FREE re-service anytime you find yourself battling the bite between treatments. We’ll start by conducting a thorough inspection of your property for areas where mosquitoes are, or could be, living. Your specialist will then employ an innovative formula and targeted application technique to eradicate mosquitoes in your yard within 24 hours. We’ll treat your property every month to maintain your protection throughout the season.
· What if my plants don’t have leaves yet, how will this affect my control of mosquitoes?
No leaves, no problem. The first treatment for mosquitoes will start based on air temperatures being conducive to mosquito activity. In many cases, this will be before all of the plants in the yard have produced leaves. Your specialist will provide the Mosquito Defense treatment to those areas that can provide early-season harborage such as the evergreens, potted or hanging plants, and bed areas containing mulch, ground covers or leaf litter.
· This month has been colder than normal. Why did you treat my property for mosquitoes this week?
While several areas of the country experienced cooler than normal weather, once temperatures in the evening reach 50 degrees, mosquitoes will see humans as fair game. We need to ensure we provide effective control on your property at this time. Our applications are designed to last approximately 30 days between treatments, giving you and your family the protection you need.
· Will Mosquito Defense kill all the mosquitoes on my property?
No service can offer 100% protection from every mosquito, as it’s always a possibility that a mosquito from a neighboring property could wander into your yard and bite you before feeding on the treated foliage. However, you’ll find that the presence of mosquitoes will be significantly reduced once your yard is treated with our Mosquito Defense.
· How long does one treatment last? Is it safe for my children and pets?
One treatment lasts approximately a month. As with all our applications, it’s important that both people and pets stay off and out of treated areas and wait until the application has dried before enjoying your yard again.
· Besides your Mosquito Defense treatment, are there steps I can take to protect my family from mosquitoes?
Absolutely. You can learn mosquito prevention tips on our mosquito control blog as well as at the Centers
for Disease Control.
Interested in learning more about our Mosquito Defense treatment? Watch this video below to learn more.
Do you have a question that wasn’t addressed here? Give us a call at 1-877-319-612 to speak with one of our pest control specialists today or visit our Mosquito Defense page by clicking here. We will provide you with information to help you take back your yard and protect your property from mosquitoes this summer.