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Springtime is here, and like most Arkansans, you want to spend as much time outside as you can before the mercury begins to approach the triple digits. Unfortunately, we’re not the only species that enjoys these warmer temperatures, and our backyard activities often attract unwanted guests. When you’re dealing with bloodthirsty mosquitoes, indoors in front of the TV may feel like your only option.

Just remember that your backyard belongs to you, and not to the bugs. And when it comes to mosquitoes, treatment is easy with some inexpensive preventative measures. Our team at The Bug Man is a mouse click or phone call away when you’re ready to develop a detailed mosquito treatment plan, and a few easy preventative measures you can take now will make those pesky bloodsuckers easier to control:

Eliminate their habitats and breeding sites – One of the most effective defenses against mosquitoes and other insects is to keep your lawn mowed and your hedges trimmed. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, so be sure to check your yard for stagnant water in kiddie pools, pet food dishes, and rain barrels.

Use screens and outdoor fans -If you don’t have a screened-in porch, most of your outdoor and sporting goods retailers sell inexpensive mosquito netting and free-standing mosquito tents. Outdoor fans are also a great chemical-free way to repel mosquitoes, because they aren’t active when the winds exceed 10 mph.

Use natural repellents – Citronella, garlic, and marigolds have natural repellent properties, and they also attract dragonflies, which prey on mosquitoes and other insects.

Use chemical repellents – Most chemical repellents can be used safely on children and around pets, but be sure to look at all of the safety instructions before using any products. If you plan on treating your yard, be sure that the products that you use contain pyrethroids. If you’re using bug sprays, DEET is one of the most effective active ingredients, with a recommended maximum concentration of 30%. And don’t underestimate the effectiveness of tiki torches and citronella candles.

If you ever have more trouble with unwanted guests than you can handle, give The Bug Man a call. You can schedule your service appointment online, or call (501) 663-9464.