It seems the word “Organic” is appearing more and more on the shelves of every grocery store. Whether concern over GMO food, the antibiotics used in our meat or concern over the pesticides used to increase the production of food, the term organic is used on more products. As popular TV shows on food and health teach us, buying organic is more important when buying some foods than it is for others. We may choose to pay more for organic fruit when we are going to eat the outside skin of our fruit. For other fruit, like bananas and oranges, we have fewer health concerns eating ones sprayed with pesticides. The more we know about the food we eat, the better choices we can make for our families and our self. When considering a mosquito barrier spray for your yard, you also have a traditional and organic option. They each work differently, so we want to point out some of the things you may want to consider when making your choice between a traditional or organic barrier spray for mosquitoes.
Traditional Barrier Spray
Keeping mosquitoes away is the best way to prevent mosquito bites, and the further away they are, the better. Our traditional barrier spray eliminates 85-90% of the mosquitoes in your yard. Since most mosquitoes are poor fliers, most live their life within 300’ of where they are born. Eliminating mosquitoes in your yard means fewer mosquitoes and fewer bites throughout the summer. The traditional mosquito control approach uses a very effective and proven insecticide. The spray eliminates mosquitoes on contact and continues eliminating them for weeks, as they rest and feed on the treated vegetation. When the spray dries, this takes approximately an hour, it remains there. It will need to be reapplied usually every 21 days.
Organic Barrier Spray
Our organic mosquito control spray is made of garlic. It reduces the number of mosquitoes in your yard by repelling them rather than eliminating them. When applied, the spray has a slight odor. After it dries, you will no longer smell the odor. However, mosquitoes will be able to smell it and continue to be repelled. This spray will reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard by 70-75%. Just as any organic farmer knows, natural pesticide solutions don’t last as long as traditional pesticides. They need to be reapplied more often. The same is true when using our organic mosquito control treatment. Our natural treatments need to be reapplied every 14 days in order to receive continuous protection in your yard.
Finding the Best Service for You
The decision on whether to use our traditional or organic spray is often decided on how you use your yard and whether you have infants or toddlers. You should know that our technicians are trained to avoid spraying flowering plants or fishponds. Fishponds usually have moving water to support the fish. Mosquitoes prefer standing water like that found in flowerpots and tires. Focusing the spray on areas where mosquitoes are more likely to be resting will also help prevent harm to any beneficial insects.
If you have a vegetable garden or fruit trees in your yard, or little ones who are still crawling, you may feel more comfortable using our organic barrier spray. When spraying, we use foggers to mist vegetation. Of course, some of the mist will come in contact with the lawn where toddlers may later be playing and crawling. Until your children are walking and not on hands and knees, you may feel more comfortable using our organic spray.
Whether you choose our organic garlic, organic essential oil or traditional barrier spray each will typically dry on leaf foliage within an hour after treatment. You can feel comfortable using your yard as you normally would after that time. The difference noted in your yard will feel like night and day when it comes to mosquito bites. Finally, you can enjoy working in your flower garden or grilling outside with friends and family no longer worried about mosquito bites. Preventing West Nile disease and other mosquito-borne infections begin and end with reducing your exposure to mosquitoes and their bite. Using either a traditional or organic barrier spray is an effective place to start with your mosquito control program.