Pyrethrins are a class of natural insecticides produced from dried chrysanthemum blooms. Pyrethrins work by penetrating the nervous system of insects. Small doses of pyrethrin are very effective against insects with exoskeletons. Humans and animals do not have exoskeletons, so it does not affect nervous systems the same. Pyrethrins are often used in pet shampoos to kill fleas and ticks. Apply a pyrethrin based product as a light spray in shady areas where mosquitoes land, such as in bushes, mulch or under decks. The residual will typically last about a month and kill insects that pass through it or land on it. In addition to spraying, you can protect your yard from mosquitoes by:
- Eliminating standing water on your property. Check your gutters, drains, flowerpots, and even bird baths. Anywhere water stands is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
Finding pyrethrin products in the hardware store is easy. Finding the time to apply them is the challenge. That is why many of our customers rely on the Mosquito Abatement program. Our program is very effective and allows our clients to enjoy being outside without being eaten alive.