One of the reasons homeowners have such a hard time controlling mosquitoes on their own is that these pests reproduce so quickly. Mosquito eggs can develop into larvae in only 24 to 48 hours, and not all species require standing water to breed. In addition, your yard provides these blood-sucking insects with many places to rest during the day so that they can attack you when you are most likely to be outside—at in the late afternoon, and to a lesser extent, during the early morning hours.
Chem-free’s mosquito control protocol is designed to address all stages of the mosquito life cycle, from egg to adult, by identifying and targeting both breeding grounds and resting areas.
Chem-free helps Austin homeowners control mosquitoes by:
Identifying Mosquito Breeding Sites
After our inspector has come to your home to do a preliminary assessment to advise you on which types of treatment will work best for you, a Chem-free technician will conduct a comprehensive survey of your property to identify key breeding habitats. Some of the places where mosquitoes may lay eggs include:
Storm drains at your curb which collect water after it rains
Potted plants and saucers near your entryways and on patios and decks
Trash and recycling containers, rain barrels, wheelbarrows, children’s wading pools, pet bowls and tires which can hold standing water
Ornamental ponds with no aeration or without larvae-loving fish
Rain gutters which are clogged with leaves and other debris
Areas with dense vegetation, including tall grass and shrubs which can serve as a harborage area
Holes in trees where standing water can pool after rainfall or when your sprinklers run
Keeping these areas free of excessive moisture can help keep your existing mosquito population from growing.
Using Natural Repellents To Keep Mosquitoes Away
Our customers count on Chem-free to suggest natural methods to keep mosquitoes at bay. Our technicians can recommend the use of citronella candles, “bug lights” and porch screens to control mosquitoes without harmful chemicals. We can also suggest certain plants to add near your entryways which can repel these pests, including rosemary, basil, catnip, geraniums, marigolds and lavender.
Low-Impact Treatment Options
Homeowners choose Chem-free’s low-impact treatments to reduce the mosquito population around their homes. While we can’t completely eliminate mosquitoes from your property, families notice a significant improvement for several weeks after a service. Our customers can choose between two effective treatment options:
Since mosquito eggs can hatch so quickly, and some breeding spots can be in out-of-the-way places which are hard to monitor, many Chem-free customers choose to install automated misting systems. These inconspicuous nozzles discharge a product which includes pyrethrin, a naturally-occurring substance found in chrysanthemums. The mist is lethal to mosquitoes and can be targeted in common mosquito harborage areas, such as around landscaping and along your fence line.
Your technician can advise you on how often and when to set the stations to spray. Included with your installation is a keyfob-like device which can turn on the misters on demand if you want to operate the system outside of its normal schedule.
Some of our customers want a less permanent solution to mosquitoes. In those cases, we recommend foggers. Lawn fogging treatments can significantly reduce the mosquito population on your property for up to a month. The way this service works is that a technician sprays your front and backyard using a backpack-based fogging device. These devices allow one of our pros to target any problem areas on your property.
Chem-free customers can sign up for recurring fogging applications or just schedule service on demand.