Why is mosquito control needed?
Mosquito control is needed for two reasons. Enjoying time your yard can be challenging when mosquitoes are biting. Additionally, mosquitoes spread dangerous illnesses like Zika and West Nile virus.
How does mosquito control work?
Start with having a mosquito control expert identify mosquito hot spots and the areas where you spend the most time in the yard. Then, determine whether Organic or Traditional control fits your needs. At Giroud, our 100% Organic and Traditional programs both use a two-step approach:
- Perimeter sprays: Mosquitoes do not use lawns as resting places. Instead, they look for sheltered areas that are out of direct sunlight. Your Giroud Technician will apply treatment along the edges of your property to create a mosquito barrier.
- Hot Spots: Mosquitoes must be controlled where they congregate. Of course, the most important control points are at the outdoor spaces where you live, eat and play. Each application will cover these Hot Spots including foliage, vegetation areas, mulch beds, buildings, porches, eaves, decks, and patios.
Do treatments control more than just mosquitoes?
Yes! Giroud’s 100 % Organic and Traditional treatment formulas control a variety of other annoying pests like ticks, fleas, gnats, centipedes, and ants.
How much does Mosquito Control cost?
The cost of mosquito control treatments is based on three factors:
- Size of areas to be treated
- Time and amount of treatment required to complete the treatment
- Number of treatments needed through the season.
How many treatments are required to control mosquitoes?
Mosquito populations tend to skyrocket as the weather gets warmer. Giroud recommends treatments every 3 weeks especially during the warmest months from late Spring through early Fall. Additional treatments may be required for properties with unusually high mosquito populations.
Are mosquito control treatments safe for kids, pets, ponds, pollinators and my vegetable garden?
All applications are safe for children & pets. Giroud recommends that no children or pets be allowed in the application area when the treatment is being done and for an hour after it’s completed. This ensures that the application dries and adheres to the target areas. To protect pollinators, the treatment is not applied directly to blooms on plants. The Giroud crew is also careful not to get pesticides in vegetable gardens, flower beds or streams, and to protect fish, we do not spray near ponds or creeks.
How can I control mosquitoes naturally?
Choose organic treatments instead of pesticides. Additionally, maintaining your yard will help reduce the mosquito population.
- Use organic treatments: Giroud’s 100% organic treatments are made with essential oils including peppermint and cedar oils which are natural repellents. Treatments are safe for children, pets, and pollinators like bees and butterflies.
- Remove or Empty Objects that Collect Water: Mosquitoes need water for two stages of their life cycle. Our inspection will identify areas where water collects that must be removed, emptied frequently or treated. Recommendations may include: removing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, or any other container; emptying and changing the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week; draining temporary pools of water or fill with dirt.
- Prune back overgrown vegetation: Mosquitoes are shade lovers. The Giroud Team can eliminate shady habitats in two ways. First, cleaning up and/or clearing overgrown areas. Second, pruning tree branches and shrubs around the lawn edge to let in more sunlight.
- Plant mosquito-repelling plants: These include scented geraniums, lemon thyme, marigold, tansy, citrus plants, sweet basil, and sassafras.
What is the difference between organic and traditional mosquito control?
Deciding whether Traditional or Organic Mosquito Control is right for you comes down to your personal goals. Giroud offers both types of programs.
100% Organic: Our special 100% Organic formula is made with essential oils including peppermint and cedar oils which are natural repellents. Treatments are safe for children, pets, and pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Traditional: Our insecticide treatments have staying power to control adults, larvae and eggs. Once dried, treated areas are safe for people and pets.To
Learn more. Check out our blog post on Traditional vs. Organic Mosquito Control
What are natural ways to treat mosquito bites?
Here are natural home remedies to treat mosquito bites:
- Watch for Danger Signs: First, you have to know you’ve been bitten. It’s very important to check yourself and your children from head to toe after time outdoors. Statistically, it’s unlikely that you will get infected by a bite. However, it still makes sense to be aware of the danger signs. Watch for symptoms like fever, joint pain, and rash.
- Yellow onion contains sulfur compounds that relieve bug bite itches. Slice one in half and rub the cut side on the bite. Refrigerate leftovers and make a fresh slice before reapplying.
- Vinegar helps all kinds of bites. Tape a soaked cotton ball over the bite
- Tea tree oil is great for stings. Remove the stinger and gently apply it on the entry point.
- Baking soda works, too. Mix it with water to form a paste. Remove the stinger, apply the paste, and cover until the pain is gone.
Do I need to be at home when my property is treated?
You do not need to be home at the time of your treatments. If you have locked gates or barriers that would prevent your technician from accessing the property, please let our office know so that we may call you the day before to let you know that we are coming. We will leave a copy of the work order at your door to let you know we have been there.
What if it rains after my property has been treated for mosquito control?
We watch the weather and do not do spray treatments if we see heavy rain in that day’s forecast. Once the treatment is dry, the residual from the spray can withstand light rain.
How soon after you spray can I walk in my yard?
Giroud Mosquito Control treatments spray typically takes about 1 hour to dry, depending on the weather. Once the spray is dry, it is safe for people and pets to walk in the yard.
How long does it take to complete a mosquito treatment?
One treatment takes about 20 minutes to complete, depending on the size of your property.
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