If you've ever had a backyard gathering or even just relaxing with a good book, you have almost certainly experienced the buzzing sound of mosquitoes before feeling the sting of their bite. Unfortunately, it has ruined many a great get-together and undoubtedly one or more romantic escapades. Have you ever wondered how early man dealt with this pest?
Mosquito Control Around The World
There were many different ways to repel mosquitoes. For example, some would use mud, smearing it over their entire body to protect against their bite. Another way going all the way back to 400BC, the Egyptians would use their most delicate fishing nets to cover themselves as they slept as a way to protect themselves from insects. Mosquito nets became the standard manner in which the British and the known world were protected from mosquitos. The Egyptians also used height to escape the mosquito's constant bites and possible diseases by building elevated sleep towers in the lower marshy regions prone to mosquitos.
Meanwhile, the African culture used plant and animal-based oil as a repellent for centuries, and one of the most prized possession of a warrior was his bag of Jatropha curcus leaves. When ground together, the oil from the seeds and leaves provides a proven mosquito repellent.
Cherokee Native Americans would combine mashed golden seal (Hydrastis Canadensis) root with bear fat to create body butter. They also use Sweetgrass, one of the sacred plants traditionally used in Native American culture. Natives have always had the knowledge that its fragrance kept many different bugs at bay, and so they often used the plant as a repellent. Native Americans also knew that mosquitos don't like windy places. So choosing to set up camp on the top of a hill instead of in a valley made a world of difference to them. They also made sure to camp in dry areas, avoiding still water.
How did Mayans keep mosquitoes away? The plants most used were strong-smelling plants like mint and Western yarrow. Again, the pungent smells from these plants would tend to drive off mosquitos. The Alaskans used Deer grease and bear oil for mosquito repellent, creating a body rub.
Even today, campers will ensure that their camping spots are strategically positioned. Avoiding low valleys and swampy marshlands can play a big part in getting a good night's sleep or battling pesty mosquitos all night.
Modern Mosquito Control
People have been dealing with the annoying mosquito for thousands of years. But, while modern technology gives us an advantage, we still have at least one thing in common no one likes mosquito bites! So you might wonder, can I protect my outdoor areas from pesty mosquitos, or do I need to call a professional? First, you should be well-informed about your opponent. Mosquitos are not only a pest; they can be deadly, spreading many diseases.
There is a vast variance in the effectiveness of DIY mosquito control vs. professional mosquito control, which has to do with the application. For example, a professional is trained in product handling and application, whereas most homeowners have little training or background in using chemicals and sprayers.
Even the method of application is a big differentiator. Homeowners typically buy product that attaches to a garden hose sprayer. Your sprayer must coat all of the surfaces of plant tissues. Mosquitoes are known for hiding out in the cooler, harder-to-reach spots inside of plants, under leaves, and in the gutters.
Pesticides are safe when applied correctly. But not everyone fully understands how to handle or use these products that can potentially put themselves and their family at risk. There is also the issue of storing leftover product in a safe way that needs to be addressed. Also, ensure that the pesticides you purchase are safe for your children, pets, and plants. When you consider all of these concerns, it is wise to leave mosquito control in the hands of professional pest control technicians.
Another critical point to consider is how often you'll be able to treat your property. The ongoing scheduled applications increase the effectiveness of mosquito control. However, if you do it on your own, remember that being consistent with frequent applications will increase the overall effectiveness. Still, it will also require you to schedule time to secure and treat your yard area. Or relax and call Otis Pest Control Services.
A Comprehensive Approach
One of the reasons that mosquito control is sometimes ineffective is when a homeowner is not taking a comprehensive approach. One of the best ways to attack mosquitoes is to eliminate their breeding grounds, which in Tennessee are often in clogged gutters and standing water sources. But, of course, not all companies offer gutter cleaning, so even though they're treating the property for mosquitoes, they keep breeding and returning. That can be frustrating.
Hopefully, this gives you a better understanding of treating your yard with chemicals to combat mosquito activity. Remember, if you would rather spend your Saturday playing golf, watching the Vols, or just relaxing, Otis Pest Control Services is only a quick call away. We've been here for over 47 years doing it right every time. If you are struggling with a mosquito infestation, please don't hesitate to contact Otis Termite & Pest Control. We will send them packing!
Otis Termite & Pest Control is a full-service pest control company with a focus on outstanding service. We have been serving the East Tennessee area for over 56 years and our reputation is built on prompt and effective service. We’re good at what we do and we’re fast. We do the job right the first time – and that’s an actual guarantee!