Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance – they spread dangerous diseases like Zika, West Nile, malaria, dengue fever, and more. Protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne illnesses by using mosquito killer sticks strategically around your home and property.
Mosquito killer sticks contain insecticides that both repel and kill mosquitoes. The smoke keeps mosquitoes at bay while the chemicals are lethal to any that come in contact. Follow some simple tips to maximize their effectiveness:
Place Sticks in Safe Locations
Since sticks smolder and produce smoke, only use them outdoors or in well-ventilated areas. Place them in fire-resistant receptacles on flat, stable surfaces away from flammable materials. Position sticks 10-12 feet apart for optimal coverage.
Let Smoke Rise and Spread
Light sticks low to the ground so smoke can rise up through areas where mosquitoes fly and congregate. Avoid lighting them in high-traffic zones so smoke doesn’t blow at face level. Let smoke diffuse to create a protective barrier.
Rotate Placements Frequently
Mosquitoes quickly learn to avoid treated areas, so rotate stick placements every few nights. Vary locations around patios, gardens, camping sites, etc. to keep mosquitoes guessing. This prevents them from finding safe zones.
Combine Sticks with Other Precautions
While mosquito sticks provide perimeter protection, take additional precautions when outdoors. Use EPA-approved repellents containing DEET or picaridin and wear long sleeves and pants. Limit outdoor time at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Reduce Mosquito Habitats
Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Drain or frequently refresh sources like bird baths, potted plant trays, rain barrels, and buckets. Ensure window and door screens are intact. Address areas of poor drainage where puddles form. Removing breeding grounds reduces populations.
Protect Yourself Further Indoors
Burning a stick or two in a living area creates a safe zone inside. Use screens, fans, and air conditioning to keep mosquitoes out of living spaces. Ensure windows have tight seals and use bed nets at night for added protection.
While mosquito sticks help repel and kill mosquitoes in your yard, be sure to take advantage of other protective measures. Combining sticks with repellents, clothing barriers, breeding ground removal, and indoor precautions provides layered defense against mosquitoes and the dangerous diseases they carry. Stay vigilant and you can enjoy the outdoors mosquito-free.