In an article for 360 Magazine, Mosquito Authority Chief Science Officer Dr. Craig Stoops outlines three ways to prevent mosquito bites around your home.
The first way to limit mosquito exposure is source reduction. Because many mosquito species prefer to breed and lay their eggs in standing water, they often congregate around things like bird baths and discarded items around the yard. To avoid this, Dr. Stoops recommends “emptying and cleaning bird baths and discarding items that can hold water” to reduce the mosquito population near your house.
Dr. Stoops also highlights the importance of using EPA-approved mosquito repellents. Dr. Stoops highly recommends using repellents containing DEET and lists other options for repellents such as picaridin, IR3535, and lemongrass oil.
Dr. Stoops’ last recommendation for preventing mosquito bites is to hire a professional mosquito control service. According to Dr. Stoops, “Pest control operators specifically trained in identifying the mosquitoes in your yard and recommending an integrated control program can be a great way to provide season-long relief from mosquito bites.” When choosing a mosquito control company, it is important to hire certified professionals who are experts in their field. For the full article and more information on preventing mosquito bites around your home, click here.
As you know, we at Mosquito Authority love bees almost as much as we dislike mosquitoes! We train our Specialists to only treat areas where mosquitoes live and hang out, and to avoid blooming foliage where pollinators reside. Our founder, Joey Osborne, is a beekeeper, as are many of our franchisees and customers, and there are no reported ill effects even though we treat within 10 feet of active, healthy, backyard hives.
Dr. Craig Stoops, our resident Entomologist, helps answer some of our commonly-asked questions about pollinators we see in our yards.
Fireflies on a warm summer night is a childhood memory shared by so many of us. You may remember breathlessly running around the yard trying to catch them, the fascination of observing their abdomens glow from inside a jar, watching the swarm fly away when you release them at the end of the night.
Mosquito Authority’s own Chief Science Office, Dr. Craig Stoops, contributed his expertise to the following article on Ladders. We offer tick control to help protect you and your family from this potentially-dangerous critter. This article also contains some tips for how to respond if you find yourself bitten by a tick.