Mosquito season remains strong in the Ozarks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Even as fall approaches in the Ozarks, the mosquitoes still aren’t stopping.

Thanks to the rain of the past few weeks, pest control companies have seen an increase in calls for mosquito control. Bug Zero in Springfield is one of those companies that answers calls, and it’s pretty easy to see why.

“Along with mosquitoes, they can lay eggs in ditches,” says Jordan Hicks, sales coordinator for Bug Zero. “When these ditches fill up, the water activates these egg sacs, and they can emerge that way.”

With pest control companies offering mosquito control services, technicians know what pesticide to use, how to use it, and the best places for the pesticide.

“We do a mist application with a residual pesticide on the big trees where the mosquitoes are roosting and where they hang out,” says Hicks. “Everything we apply is applied by label and is safe for people and their pets.” The pesticide is also applied to all shaded areas and roof edges, other places where mosquitoes can congregate.

While companies like Bug Zero and others in the Ozarks offer mosquito control services to residential and commercial customers, Hicks says there’s one big step homeowners and commercial owners can do — eliminate the backwater. “Removing the water source is going to be your first line of defense,” says Hicks. “Any standing water – it could be swimming pools, birdbaths, anything that holds water for more than a few days – is a potential breeding site.” The company recommends emptying any standing water in these areas or containers at least once a week.

Other good tips for preventing mosquitoes include protecting windows, doors, and other openings by covering them with mesh. To prevent them from bypassing you, avoid going out at dawn and dusk. This is when mosquitoes are most active. In terms of sprays or insect repellents, previous reports indicate that products containing 25% to 30% DEET, 20% picaridin or 30% lemon eucalyptus oil are the most effective in preventing mosquito bites. As always, follow directions carefully when applying the repellent to yourself or your children.

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