Mosquito Tips

YOU CAN HELP CONTROL MOSQUITOES IN YOUR YARD

In order to effectively reduce harmful and annoying mosquitoes in your yard it is important to identify and eliminate mosquito breeding sites  around your home to protect your family and your pets.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Yard Armour®?
Yard Armour® is a division within Lawn Doctor that promotes and provides services to our clients for the reduction of mosquito infestations.

How long have you been doing Mosquito Control?
Lawn Doctor has been successfully providing this service for many years.

What do you mean by population reduction?
Because the mosquito is a free flying insect and can travel far from its breeding site, we can only guarantee the reduction of the pest on your property. You will see a noticeable difference in the mosquito population, guaranteed.

What is the difference in your service from others?
For over 45 years we have helped keeps lawns healthy and green. Now, we also work diligently to significantly protect your family and pets from mosquitoes.We have worked with industry experts to come up with the best program that will work for our clients. We will work as diligently on your mosquitoes as we work on your lawn. Plus you are backed by our no hassle guarantee*.

Can I do it myself?
Yes you could, you would need to purchase specialized equipment and products and then take the time to properly apply them to insure a reasonable level of control.  Why would you want to go through all that when we can provide a guaranteed program at a reasonable cost?

Does it cover all Mosquitoes?
Yes, there are many species of mosquitoes and our programs will help to reduce the population of all of them.

Will it be you servicing my home?
Yes I will be treating your property each month as part of the Yard Armour® Program or One of our licensed/certified specialists will be out each month to treat your property and make recommendations to reduce the mosquito population around your home.

Are the products you use safe?
All of the products we use are registered by the EPA. We only apply the product where we know the mosquitoes will land and breed.   In addition we offer all natural Mosquito Control program options.

Will it harm my plants?
No. The product is applied in a low dosage and is labeled for use on vegetation.

Are there natural products that you can use?
Yes, our Yard Armour® programs are all available with all natural products if you choose.

Do I get a guarantee?
Yes. Yard Armour® comes with Lawn Doctor’s Satisfaction Guarantee.


Mosquito Facts

Mosquitoes are actually considered the deadliest of animals
There are more deaths that have been associated with mosquitoes than any other animal on the planet. They can carry a number of diseases that are life threatening to both humans and pets. That’s right; more deaths are associated with mosquitoes than any other animal on the earth. Mosquitoes may carry any variety of very dangerous diseases, including dengue fever, encephalitis and yellow fever.

  • 725,000 people are killed every year by mosquitoes.*

What can we do to reduce mosquito bites?
Lawn Doctor’s Yard Armour® Mosquito control program will significantly reduce mosquitoes in your yard. We will evaluate your property and recommend the appropriate program for your property.  In addition we will recommend steps that you can take to eliminate mosquito breeding sites on your property which will further reduce the population of mosquitoes. 

Only female mosquito species bite humans and animals; while the males consume flower nectar.
Female mosquitoes require a sufficient amount of protein for their eggs, and they need the blood to essentially reproduce. Because the male species does not produce offspring, males will avoid you completely and move towards your flowers instead. 

A mosquito’s wing beats 300-600 times per second.
This explains the irritating buzzing sound you hear just before a mosquito lands on you and bites.

All mosquitoes require water to breed. Some species can breed in puddles left after a rainstorm.
Just a few inches of water is all it takes for a female mosquito to deposit her eggs. Tiny mosquito larva develop quickly in bird baths, roof gutters, and old tires.  Control mosquitoes by dumping standing water every few days.

Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from up to 75 feet away.
Once a female sense CO2 in the vicinity, she flies back and forth until she locates her victim Carbon dioxide, which humans and other animals produce, is the key signal to mosquitoes that a potential blood meal is near. They’ve developed a keen sensitivity to CO2 in the air. Once a female senses CO2 in the vicinity, she flies back and forth through the CO2 plume until she locates her victim.

Some mosquitoes prefer to bite amphibians or birds and not humans.
A common misconception is that every mosquito species will take blood from people. The truth is some mosquito species feed on other animals, and will generally stay away from you. One example of a mosquito that will bite birds but not humans is Culiseta melanura.

Mosquito mates synchronize their wing beats to perform a lover’s duet.
Scientists once thought that only male mosquitoes could hear the wing beats of their potential mates, but recent research on Aedes aegypti mosquitoes proved females listen for lovers, too. When the male and female meet, their buzzing synchronizes to the same speed.

Salt marsh mosquitoes may travel up to 100 miles from their larval breeding habitat.
Most mosquitoes emerge from their watery breeding ground and stay pretty close to home. However, some, like the salt marsh mosquitoes, will fly lengthy distances to find a suitable place to live, with all the nectar and blood, they could want to drink.

An adult mosquito may live 5-6 months.
Few probably make it that long, given our tendency to slap them silly when they land on us. But in the right circumstances, an adult mosquito has quite a long life expectancy, as bugs go.

I have heard the term Vector, what does it mean?
A vector is an insect or animal that transmits diseases from one host to another.  Mosquitoes are vectors for many diseases including West Nile, Malaria, Encephalitis and Chikungunya.