Summer is a great time to plan fun in the sun activities with family and friends. It also means you drench yourself in bug repellent to protect yourself and your family and try to avoid mosquitoes.
If you know someone who is allergic to mosquitoes, then you know how important it is to double up on those repellents. My husband is one of them and spends a lot of time outdoors with our pups and kids. To help make his outdoor experience a pleasant one, we’ve invested in a number of things to keep those unwanted bugs away. Unfortunately, burning candles and using bug sprays isn’t always enough.
Did you know that 85% of Americans say that mosquitoes limit their outdoor activities during the months they’re most active?
It’s true, and nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about protecting themselves and their family from Zika or other mosquito-borne illnesses. In addition, 65% of Americans use bug spray to combat mosquitoes and only 51% think it works.
How To Prep Your Lawn This Summer
It’s no secret that mosquitoes can be a nuisance. They also can carry diseases, making them a health concern as well.
So, how can you avoid these pests in your living area? TruGreen suggests doing the following:
1. Remove or regularly replace standing water that accumulates in things like buckets and birdbaths where mosquitoes lay their eggs;
2. Make sure your yard is free from piles of twigs, branches, and leaves which provide harborage for mosquitoes;
3. Keep your lawn well mowed and other vegetation trimmed to eliminate cool spots where mosquitoes prefer to hang out; and
4. Take the necessary precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and consider hiring a professional lawn care company to kill mosquitoes where they rest – in trees, shrubs, mulched areas and all types of ground cover.
Why Choose TruGreen
Letting dogs out during the day means they often come back with a mosquito or two. The kids love tracking the mosquitoes down with the bug zapper.
It might sound like a great time chasing bugs, but having mosquitoes around a newborn can be concerning. After all, our little one is still getting vaccines to fight viruses off.
Aside from having two dogs, we also have fruit trees throughout our yard. We’ve always thought it would be harmful for our pets and vegetation to conduct treatments on our lawn to help with unwanted bugs.
After chatting with John Crossmock, the division agronomic/technical expert at TruGreen, I knew there was nothing to worry about. In fact, Crossmock let me know that the products utilized by TruGreen are generally available to homeowners at retail and garden center outlets.
“TruGreen allows the homeowner to avoid the chores of selecting the right products, handling/applying them and storing any remaining product after application,” he added. “We also provide professional consultation and diagnosis on the lawn so that the correct products are selected based on the current condition of the lawn.”
Fortunately, we haven’t added our new family garden to our yard. If we had done so, Crossmock assured me that the company’s lawn specialists are trained in TruGreen Application Best Practices to apply the product on the lawn for its intended purpose and not on the surrounding areas, ” He explained during an interview for Motherhood Through My Eyes. “So the fruit trees are no problem. We can avoid the proposed garden area during the application as an added safeguard.”
Our lawn care specialist Raul Rodriguez reiterated Crossmock’s statement when I asked about our fruit trees before he conducted the mosquito treatment to our yard. “We don’t spray anything above 10 feet, and as long as the fruits aren’t present, they won’t be affected,” he said.
Thankfully, our mature mango trees are well above 10 feet and weren’t affected by treatment.
TruGreen’s Mosquito Defense service is a three-step process that includes the following:
Inspect: Check your property for areas where mosquitoes are, or could be, living.
Treat: Use an innovative formula and targeted applications technique that works within 24 hours.
Maintain: Receive a monthly treatment to help protect against biting mosquitoes throughout the season.
Although the outdoors are where we find unwanted predators, it’s a great place to have some family fun. Throwing some burgers on the grill, playing in the pool or simply running around on the lawn are great ways to enjoy your summer outdoors.
“Folks generally don’t understand the many benefits lawns provide for our environment,” according to Crossmock. “Lawns provide cushioned play space for outdoor activities and hold the soil in place around your home,” Crossmock mentioned. “They cool the environment and provide the oxygen we breathe. In addition, your homeowner property value increases by the presence of a healthy, green lawn.”
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