After recently furnishing our outdoor areas for the season, I’ve been getting a ton of questions about how we keep bugs, specifically mosquitoes, from ruining our time spent outside. This has been something I’ve honestly struggled with… until now. No matter how many citronella candles I light, or how much DEET & bug spray I douse myself in, mosquitoes seem to flock to me. Emmett can stay outside for hours with zero bug repellent and he’s totally fine. Me on the other hand, I’ll come inside with 20+ bites. It’s absolutely nuts, frustrating, and uncomfortable- especially because I LOVE spending time in our backyard. This year I took matters into my own hands and hired Orkin Pest Control for mosquito control. Some of our neighbors recommended them and it was an easy sell. Click through to learn about the process and how I’m planning to enjoy our patio and yard without all the itchy bug bites this year…
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First, I had a consultation with my local Orkin Pest Control team (Cory & Gifford). I walked the perimeter of our yard and exterior spaces with them and they calculated what exactly our yard would need. I also voiced my concerns and questions…. like- is this safe for pets and humans? Are you going to kill bees or other good insects during the mosquito treatment? Is it going to mess up my outdoor furniture? Does it actually work? I’m serious when I said mosquitoes FLOCK to me. They can find me from miles away. Haha! But really.
Cory and Gifford happily answered all of my questions and I was super satisfied (and pleasantly surprised) with their answers. I learned it is safe for pets and humans… just to be safe though, it’s best to avoid the area until it’s totally dry (~30 minutes post treatment). They also look out for the good insects. They carefully analyze where to spray and avoid any blooms, buds, or plants that attract insects like bees. My furniture was also safe… they laughed when I asked if it would yellow my bright white outdoor sofa, ha! You can probably guess the answer was no. They also don’t spray the furniture, so it was kind of a silly question on my part… but hey- better safe than sorry!
However- my big questions were “does it work?” and “is it worth it?”… after treatment number one, I can say firsthand- it really does! I have been spending time outside without a single spritz of bug spray. I still light my candles because they’re pretty and it’s just habit at this point, but I haven’t gotten a single mosquito bite. I honestly thought- maybe they haven’t hatched for the season yet? But then Emmett and I went hiking near our house and I got eaten alive. I came home with 15+ bites and that’s the moment I realized our backyard is now my safe haven. Though the CDC and Orkin Pest Control do recommend using an EPA registered insect repellant any time you are outside to protect against disease carrying mosquitoes.
I love being outside at home and not having to worry about showering bug spray off of myself or wondering if I’m going to wake up with itchy welts all over me. I’m actually pretty allergic to mosquito bites. It has made spending time on our patio very nice and carefree, so in my opinion- it’s worth every penny.
If you’re wondering how it works- your yard is treated on a monthly basis throughout the spring & summer seasons. Obviously this depends on your region, but for me it’s May through October. The same technician, Cory, shows up once a month and takes care of everything. The entire process took about 30 minutes, I allow it to dry, then we go about our normal life… sans mosquitoes. Another perk… it’s added protection from Zika, West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, and even heart worm (for the fur babies). Mosquitoes are a big carrier for that and I just learned that Utah is one of the highest heart worm states. Yikes.
Anyway… that’s how we’re able to enjoy our outdoor living spaces to the fullest. We hosted a barbecue last weekend and not a single person got a mosquito bite. That’s pretty impressive! I wanted to share my experience with Orkin Pest Control because it has been a game changer. If you have any questions, let me know! I’m happy to chat about it. And- if you do decide to hire Orkin Pest Control, you’ll get $50 off your initial mosquito treatment by using the code MOS50 on orkin.com.