Mosquito population grows as rain continues in SE Wisconsin

Posted at 6:32 PM, Jul 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-11 19:33:04-04

If you've been swatting a lot lately, there's a reason for that as the mosquito population is growing and thanks to recent rains, there are a lot more of them.

Still, there are several things you can do to reduce the pests in your own backyard.

One is calling a professional service like Mosquito Squad, which a lot of other people are already doing.

“Oh, our phone calls have more than doubled from what we have seen last year. We have had to take on additional staff as well as purchase additional trucks so that we have the equipment that we need for the customer demand,” said co-owner Christine DeCoste.

Even with the added demand, she tries to accommodate people within a week of contact.

While treatments like those are tested to be safe, some people still prefer the completely natural route found at places like Bayside Garden Center.

Landscape Designer Lisa Neske claims certain plants are another interesting alternative.

“Like citronella that you can put out on your patio and it is very lemony and that kind of helps and they also, they do not like the lemon scent so lemongrass works really good too,” she said.

Whatever solution you choose, everyone agrees, eliminating standing water will be your first best bet in getting mosquitoes to bug off.