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Do Home DIY Mosquito Control Systems Work?

Mosquito Control | January 29, 2019

Do Home DIY Mosquito Control Systems Work

Around the Greater Austin area, mosquitoes are no joke, especially in the warmer months of the year. With winters being quite mild, the warmer months of the year can be all year for mosquitoes. One of the most often asked questions when we are doing service calls is can you do anything about mosquitoes. The answer is yes and our mosquito abatement programs go beyond the use of mosquito control systems. For the most part, when we talk about mosquito control systems are talking about foggers.


Foggers mechanical systems, many of which work on timers that emit a contact pesticide around the foliage of your home. They can work well to control mosquitoes though they generally only work on killing off the adult population of mosquitoes. That may or may not be enough. The deal with mosquitoes is that they exist in other forms, such as eggs, larvae, and pupa as well as in adult form. That’s the biggest downfall of foggers – they generally only harm the adult population of mosquitoes. True mosquito control deals with mosquito control deals with mosquitoes throughout all stages of their life cycle.

Do home DIY mosquito control systems work? Yes, but not completely.

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When it comes to mosquito control there is not a blanket answer or technique that does the job 100% of the time. This is because the source – or breeding area – of mosquitoes may not be in your yard. In fact, female mosquitoes may fly 1-3 miles to find blood. It is not the male mosquitoes that bite us, it is always the female.

So what type of mosquitoes control is best for homeowners or commercial buildings? Usually it is a monthly home service with our trained professionals. The benefit of this is that we can evaluate your home or business and ID areas where mosquitoes breed around the property.  What that means is that we can help to better control mosquitoes at their source – their breeding locations. By being able to reduce the number of eggs, larvae and pupa we diminish the number of adults and that means few episodes of bites. Foggers can certainly help but they do not address the mosquito in the pre-adult stages and that means more adults later.

Some Downfalls to Mosquito Control

With foggers, one problem is that they do not discriminate against other non-pest insects such as ladybugs, mantis, or bees. Another problem is that the female mosquito can fly a great distance to find blood. That means that the breeding area might not be in your yard, but somewhere within a 2-mile radius of your yard.

The best answer for both homeowners and commercial business managers or owners is a monthly inspect with mosquito abatement services. For a more specific answer that addresses the mosquito issues on your property, just give us a call. We are happy to schedule an inspection and discuss the obstacles we find and the options to control mosquitoes around your home or business.  We provide comprehensive and affordable pest control services throughout the greater Austin area.

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