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More People Treating Yards For Mosquitoes

a mosquito on a leaf

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – You might have the itch to get outside and enjoy this weather, but you don’t want to be itching to get back in the house.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with using personal mosquito spray, but there are more options you can deploy to avoid the bites this summer. Using long-lasting treatments that sway mosquitoes from latching onto the underside of leaves might be your best bet. That’s according to Action Pest Control Manager Justin Summers.

“We’re trying to get the mosquitoes that are resting in the shrubbery areas, tree areas, and during the day, shady areas when the mosquitoes rest there, explained Summers. “We’re trying to take those out.”

Summers says his office has been using the current spray for about three years and states this has been the busiest spring for this type of treatment so far.

It’s not hard to guess why.

“Aedes albopictus is one of the mosquitoes known to carry the Zika virus,” said Summers. “It’s more of a daytime biter, you’ll see it out, and it’s typically called the ‘Asian tiger mosquito’.”

With many industrial strength mosquito sprays, there’s many times a concern about side effects, but the time-frame in which this spray could harm you is arguably small.

“During the treatment and once we’re done with the treatment, we’ll have the homeowners stay in until the product is dry, or about 30 minutes to an hour,” urged Summers. “Once the products dries, it’s safe.”

Getting your neighbors to treat their yard can create a larger area of protection and further reduce the amount of mosquitoes nearby. Each treatment lasts about 30 days depending on how much rain has fallen.

Summers says the cost can range from $35 to $70 dollars per treatment depending on your yard size.