Although it’s only February, the weather this week feels more like June. This warm spell has caused many homeowners to start thinking about their summer maintenance efforts including how to keep pesky mosquitoes away this summer.
The biggest problem with mosquitoes is that they are more than just pesky. In fact, viruses and parasites spread by mosquito bites kill over 725,000 people every year. Luckily, North America is spared of most of these cases but over 1,000 Americans each year still experience serious illness or death as a result of a mosquito bite.
Just one bite from an infected mosquito can spread; Chikungunya, Dengue fever, Zika virus, West Nile virus, Encephalitis, and Malaria. To make matters worse, Americans are not as familiar with the type of mosquito (Aedes Aegypti – commonly known as the Yellow Fever Mosquito) spreading throughout the US carrying these diseases.
“It’s different than the nuisance mosquitoes that most of us are familiar with in that instead of dusk and dawn—remember that messagin—they’re day biters,” said Florida Department of Health Secretary Celeste Philip, speaking last week to the Senate Budget committee. “Instead of being out and about in nature, they like to be in urban areas, close to people, inside homes, often times.”
With all these risks associated with Mosquito bites, homeowners are feeling the need to turn to strong chemical mosquito yard sprays, lotions, and bug sprays. But these strong chemicals come with their own risks as well.
Like any type of application to repel pests, mosquito sprays can be more harmful than beneficial if not applied properly. Other well-known mosquito companies will spray your yard indiscriminately with an overload of chemicals. A repeat client of ours even had her children’s toys unnecessarily sprayed by a big mosquito company once. Chemical sprays by inexperienced and unlicensed individuals, the case at most big mosquito companies, can impose adverse health risks on your family and pets. With both sides having their own risks, many families are left without a good option, until now.
Safe Shield: The mosquito yard spray Solution
Safe Shield, RTEC’s natural mosquito spray for yards offers the best of both worlds. Our 100% organic blend of natural oils kills mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks on contact as well as acting as a repellent. Other organic solutions offered by mosquito companies and online sellers, only act as a mosquito repellent making them less effective.
Safe Shield, is certified “all natural” by the EPA and is safe for children, pets, wildlife, and pollinators. With our mosquito yard spray, you can protect your family from mosquito-borne diseases, such as the West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus, without having to worry about them coming into contact with dangerous chemical residue. Learn more about and get your customized quote for Safe Shield, our natural mosquito yard spray.
DIY Tips On How To Keep Mosquitoes Away
DIY tips, cannot fully rid your yard of mosquitoes but the tips below can strengthen the effects of your Safe Shield Organic Mosquito Program.
- Keep doors & windows closed so that mosquitoes can’t enter your home.
- If you utilize screen doors/window screens, periodically check them for small rips and tears which mosquitoes could enter through.
- Do not allow any water to stand near your house. Mosquitoes breed and multiply in stagnant water. Make sure to pour out kiddie pools, buckets, or children’s toys that collect rain water.
- Change water in bird baths and scrub them twice a week.
- If you have outside pets, empty their water bowls daily.
- Clean your gutters. Clogged gutters create a perfect environment for mosquito breeding.
Go a step further and team up with your neighbors
Despite taking all precautions on your property, the key to getting the most out of your mosquito program is to talk to your neighbors about investing in one too. Unfortunately, mosquitoes don’t respect property boundaries. Although your personal program will help fend off mosquitoes no matter what; if your neighbor’s yard is a great breeding ground for mosquitoes your program will not be as effective as it could be. Combat this by sharing our DIY tips with your neighbors and urging them to invest in their own Safe Shield natural mosquito yard spray.