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06 Apr 2014

Tips for Getting Rid of Mosquitoes in North Texas

Aedes_Albopictus Many customers are asking me if I think this year’s mosquito season will be easier since we had such a hard winter. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a hard freeze doesnt’ kill mosquitoes…at least enough of them to make a difference. Which is why the Dallas County Health and Human Services kicked off its West Nile virus awareness campaign before county commissioners earlier than ever for the 2014 season. This year, county health officials are anticipating more West Nile cases (because the rules for diagnosing the disease have changed.) 

You can protect your yard, and the community at large, with these  5 tips to help control mosquitoes.

  1. Get rid of any standing water on your property. Check your gutters, drains and flowerpots.  Anywhere water stands is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Drain it!
  2. Use insect repellent when you are going to be outside (especially true from dusk until dawn when mosquitoes are most active.)  Repellents that include DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are the most effective.
  3. Wear light, long sleeve shirts and pants when you are going to be outside for an extended amount of time (especially from dusk until dawn.)  Mosquitoes are drawn to heat and carbon dioxide (which is why it is important to wear lighter clothing so your heat signature isn’t too great.) 
  4. Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows (and they are in good repair) to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.
  5. If there are any green-water pools nearby, report them to the local health department.

It is important for everyone to do their part, because mosquito control truly is a community effort.  If you have questions on any of these tips, give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email our Founder and President, Ken Hyatt at ken@villagegreen-inc.com.  We’d be happy to answer your questions if you want to do it yourself.  Or if you want to save time and have us do it, we’d be happy to give you an estimate on what it would cost for our Mosquito Assassin Program.  Our program is safe, yet effective.  It kills up to 90% of your mosquitoes and keeps killing them for a month after we leave (which is great if your neighbor isn’t doing their part.)  It only takes a five-visit program to keep them gone all season long.  

Good luck fighting the bite!

Below is information from the Village Green Resource Center, helpful links we’ve compiled to benefit our customers. 

Mosquito Resources

West Nile Virus

 

18 Aug 2011

Dallas Landscaping tip: Using chicken wire as organic pest control

Chicken wire may not be your first guess as a solution to controlling mice, rats, cats and squirrels, but it actually provides effective defense against these garden intruders.

Those who are interested in constructing a beautiful and flawless Dallas landscape should buy chicken wire in bulk. Not only will erecting chicken wire around your plants protect them from being eaten by rabbits and other plant nibblers, but it will also deter some animals from even stepping foot in your garden beds.

The idea of having chicken wire around your Dallas landscaping beds probably doesn’t sound like an ingredient to a beautiful and flawless Dallas landscape, however, when cats are the problem you will want to install the chicken wire underneath the soil of your garden bed. According to some Dallas landscaping experts, cats have a serious aversion to walking on chicken wire, so no more will you have to worry about your garden bed being a makeshift litter box.

Burying chicken wire underneath the soil also deters squirrels from digging up bulbs and if you buy chicken wire with gaps as small as ½ inch, you can also keep out mice and other rodents.

If you aren’t sure as how to best install the chicken wire to effectively protect your Dallas landscaping beds, your local Dallas landscaping company will be more than happy to help you with your cause. Additionally, he or she will be able to lend advice on some other less-visible pest control tips to keep your garden bed in tact throughout the season.

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