Sunday, July 3, 2016

New service takes the bite out of summer

Here in the Deep South, summer is mostly humidity, watermelon and mosquitoes. Lots of mosquitoes. By July, we usually can't even sit on our patio without getting eaten alive.

Last year, I saw a few signs in yards advertising a business claiming to be able to get rid of the little buggars. I laughed. I mean, seriously? How is that possible? Even if you sprayed your yard, what about the neighbors' mosquitoes?

Fast forward to this year and I happened to meet the owner of that company. After chatting for a bit, he offered to spray our yard for free so we could see how well it works. Since I'm all about free, I told him to bring it on.

His crew showed up the next morning with power sprayers and hit all the bushes on the perimeter of the yard as well as around our house itself. Took about 15 minutes. Twenty minutes later and I kid you not, there was not a mosquito on our property. And we didn't see one for the next three weeks, which is the duration of a spraying and the life cycle of a mosquito. I'm told it creates a barrier around our yard that the mosquitoes won't cross.

Whatever it is, we're sold. We signed up for the remainder of the season (until mid-October). It is costing us $249 to have the yard sprayed every three weeks. Next summer, we'll pay for the entire season.

And it's worth every penny.  Plus, we're saving a fortune in calamine lotion!

Sarah
 

8 comments:

  1. I think you are wise. We bought a new hot water heater so now we are broke! But comfort is worth it.

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  2. Sounds like a good investment. However, the moment it stops working, stop the service!

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  3. Sounds fantastic! We had billions of mosquitos in PEI every summer and some days we couldn't even go outside they were so bad. For some reason they just LOVE me! You must be so relieved!!

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    1. I am immensely relieved! Especially when my pregnant daughter visits. The Zika virus isn't here yet, but you never know ...

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  4. I can understand your pain with the mosquitoes. They just eat me alive when they can find me ! What kind of stuff is it that they sprayed ?

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    1. They say it's the same stuff the Orkin guys spray on the inside. They just use a super duper machine on the outside. Whatever it is, it works!

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