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How frequently do you need to apply pest control sprays?

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There are many factors to consider when determining the most efficient and effective pest control program for your property. Here are eight items to consider when assessing your property or talking to your local service provider.

1.      Weather patterns

You should spray or treat your property during the times of the year when the weather is consistently 35 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. This is when ticks and mosquitoes can become active. Pay attention to the weather! An unseasonably warm winter or an early to non-existent spring may mean you need to treat your property sooner than you think and further past the summer months than you typically plan.

2.     Level of infestation

How often you spray depends on how severe the infestation is. If you are regularly finding ticks on your property and struggling with a large and growing mosquito population, you should increase the frequency with which you treat your property until that population declines!

3.     Types of insects

All insects have different life and reproductive cycles. Depending on which insects you are targeting, you should time your product applications to best control those insect populations and match the nuances of their gestation cycles.

4.     Amount of rainfall

Mosquitoes specifically thrive in a warm and humid environment and lay their eggs in stagnant water. If you live in an area with a high average rainfall or you are experiencing unusually heavy amounts of rainfall, you should increase the frequency with which you spray.

5.     Product application

How heavily you apply the product also impacts the frequency with which it should be applied. Clearly, a heavier application with thorough coverage will require less frequent spraying than a lighter spray.

6.     Nature of landscape

Is your landscape neat? Do you keep your lawn carefully mowed? Have you created a perimeter of woodchips around your property? Do you have high grasses and brush anywhere? What kinds of plants do you have? Is your property wooded? The answers to these questions will help you determine how frequently you need to spray.

7.     Animal population

Do you have plants that attract deer and other wildlife animals? Do you come home to small herds of deer grazing in your yard? How often do you see rabbits running around your property? What about raccoons, groundhogs, mice, squirrels, chipmunks and other small rodents?  All these animals, as well as pets like cats and dogs, attract and carry ticks and fleas. Understanding your animal population will help you understand how often you should spray to protect your property.

8.     Water on property

Standing stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Identify places on your property where water collects and doesn’t drain such as empty flower pots, a tire swing or a bird bath. Even relatively small amounts of stagnant water can house huge numbers of mosquito larvae.

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