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These small biting flies have been around for nearly 80 million years, using their straw-like mouth parts to feed on the blood of everything from mammals and birds to reptiles and even fish. While mosquito bites are relatively harmless, the consequences of a bite can be severe. In fact, the diseases and parasites spread by mosquitoes make them the deadliest animal on the planet, causing more deaths annually than sharks, snakes, wolves, lions, crocodiles, tigers, bears and humans combined.

Mosquitoes can easily ruin outdoor activities, not to mention the splendor of your own backyard. The following information will show you how to deter mosquitoes and help prevent their annoying, potentially harmful bites.

How to Control Mosquitoes and Prevent Bites

In addition to the many diseases and parasites they spread to humans, mosquitoes can give our pets heartworms, too! 

Taking a few simple precautions can prevent mosquitoes from ruining outdoor activities and the peace of your own backyard. Here’s how to protect your family, pets, and lawn from mosquitoes:

1. Treat Yourself and Pets

While some individuals might find their way inside, for the most part mosquitoes are only a problem outdoors. To keep mosquitoes out of your yard and ultimately your home, treating your lawn monthly is the way to go. Spraying you and your cat, dog or horse with a personal repellent is essential for preventing potentially harmful bites.

2. Treat Your Lawn

Spray your entire yard, shrubbery, and bases of trees with PCO Choice monthly to kill and repel mosquitoes. For larger mosquito populations, spray twice, two weeks apart, and then monthly after that.

Because PCO is both family and pet safe, you can start enjoying your yard immediately after application.

3. Prevent Future Mosquito Problems

In addition to applying PCO Choice monthly, there are several non-toxic approaches you can take to limit mosquito populations. For detailed instructions, check out How to Mosquito-Proof Your Yard.

Tips for Controlling Mosquitoes

Deterring mosquitoes and preventing bites is fairly straightforward—it all comes down to treating your yard and protecting yourself with repellent. Here’s a few additional tips to keep mosquitoes out of your life:

  • Treat your yard monthly with PCO Choice to control and repel mosquito populations.
  • Mosquitoes lay their eggs in or around water, so be sure to remove all sources of standing water from your yard.
  • Maintain your yard—unkempt yards are more likely to be inhabited by mosquitoes.
  • Before and after walks, hiking, dog park visits and other outdoor activities, spray yourself and your dog with Cedarcide Original to prevent mosquito bites.

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What You Need

PCO Choice, our Cedarwood oil-based outdoor pest control concentrate, is what we suggest for treating your yard. To repel mosquitoes from you and your pets, we suggest a repellent, such as Cedarcide Original.