The sounds of summer currently fill the air; birds, cicadas, crickets, and soft summer rain create a relaxing and inviting hum. While waiting for the sun to set behind some trees, you sit on your front porch sipping a tall, sweet glass of lemonade when you hear the most unwanted summer sound—a mosquito buzzing by your ear. Instinctively, you swat at it, and look around desperately to find the unwanted insect so you can squash it like the bug it is. Before you realize what happened, you missed the sunset. Sighing, you pick up your glass and retreat back inside before the mosquitoes carry you away.

That scenario doesn’t have to define your summer. As a homeowner, you have the ability to create a peaceful evening environment by choosing to have your property sprayed for mosquitoes. In fact, you can even take some simple steps to help prevent the mosquitoes while you wait for your mosquito prevention spraying appointment. Once you take care of the simple things, such as draining standing water from objects around your yard, sit back and wait for the professionals to take care of the rest.

Once the mosquito barrier has been applied to your yard—meaning, your property boundaries have been sprayed—you can take full advantage of your summer evenings while enjoying many other benefits.

For example, fewer mosquitoes allows you to keep the party going outside long into the night instead of bringing your backyard cookout inside once the sun goes down. In addition to being outside longer after dark, you will not need to apply mosquito repellant directly to your skin as often as you did before your yard was protected. While some people who are more sensitive to mosquito bites may want to conduct a quick repellant spray-down, others may not find a need for personal repellant any longer. Of course, one the biggest benefits to spraying your lawn for mosquitos is reducing your chances of coming in contact with mosquito-borne illness.

In the United States, mosquito-borne illnesses include things like West Nile Virus and Zika for humans; while Dengue is the fastest growing mosquito-borne illness worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, for those with dogs, heartworm is spread by mosquitoes. While dogs are primarily infected with heartworm, it can infect cats and even humans. Preventative medications for your pets are always a good idea, but by creating a mosquito barrier in your yard, you can also work to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito-borne illnesses.

Take full advantage of this summer and keep your family, friends, and pets safe by having your property sprayed to prevent mosquitoes. So, sip that lemonade and enjoy the sunset from your front porch. Without mosquitoes buzzing around, you might actually get to enjoy more than one beautiful, summer sunset!

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