Why We Treat The Perimeter Of Your Home For Ticks And Mosquitoes◀ Back To Blog
June 28, 2017
There can sometimes be confusion about how mosquito and tick control works, especially if you're looking to find answers on the internet. If you've seen your pest control technician putting a spray around the perimeter of your home and you wondered how that works to stop mosquitoes and ticks, hopefully, this article will shed some light on the subject.
Mosquitoes and ticks are vastly different creatures. They're not even the same type of creature. Mosquitoes are insects. Ticks are part of the order Parasitiformes, which are arachnids. But both of the creatures love getting in close to your home.
Mosquitoes hide from the midday sun in bushes. Since most of us have our bushes near our foundation, running around our perimeter, a spray that targets the perimeter of a home is going to eliminate those adult mosquitoes where they hide but, more importantly, it will kill the eggs females may leave in these places while they're hiding. This is especially true if you like to water your bushes a lot. A nice pool of stagnant water underneath a bush is going to be the perfect place for a female mosquito to leave her eggs.
Ticks are parasites. When they hatch from their egg sacks, they lie in wait for a host animal to hop onto. This could be a large animal, like a deer or a raccoon, or a tiny animal, like a field mouse. Some tick species are incredibly small. A single mouse can have as many as a hundred deer ticks in its fur. When your technician sprays your perimeter, they will be applying a layer of protection that will help to protect your home from a wide variety of invading bugs but also directly address eggs left by furry animals that explore your perimeter in the safety of your bushes.
It is much more likely for mosquitoes and ticks to leave eggs near your foundation walls, and under the bushes, shrubs, and vegetation around your perimeter. But that treatment is also a barrier to keep pests in general, from entering your home.
So, the next time you see your technician out there spraying your perimeter, you can know that they are hitting those bugs where they hide and where they lay their eggs. You'll also know that an essential layer of protection is being applied to your home. And that is real peace of mind. If you have any more questions about this, or another pest control topic, let us know. The pest control experts here at Thomas Pest Services are always happy to help.