Valley pest control company using garlic to fight off mosquitoes

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A pest elimination business is using garlic to keep mosquitoes away from houses. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A pest elimination business is using garlic to keep mosquitoes away from houses. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Mosquitoes have become a major problem across the Valley, with so many people leaving standing water in and around their homes and apartments. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Mosquitoes have become a major problem across the Valley, with so many people leaving standing water in and around their homes and apartments. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Crews say the garlic comes out as a super fine mist, and then attaches to trees and other devices. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Crews say the garlic comes out as a super fine mist, and then attaches to trees and other devices. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

They're the pests that can make your life miserable.

Mosquitoes have become a major problem across the Valley, with so many people leaving standing water in and around their homes and apartments.

For many, the thought of spraying dangerous chemicals is not an option.

Burns Pest Elimination has found another way.

The company has come up with a unique, environmentally friendly way to fight mosquitoes. Crews are using garlic oil.

"It comes out as a super fine mist, and then attaches to trees and other devices we put on the house," said Sage Garvey, with Burns Pest Elimination. "It creates a small barrier that the insect does not like to be around."

The pesticide-free garlic mixture is sprayed in front and backyards, is highly effective keeping mosquitoes away and is completely safe for pets and people, Garvey said.

The treatment won't kill the mosquitoes - it's simply designed to force the pesky insects to buzz off.

Phoenix homeowner Rich Schnakenberg said that he's tried everything else, so it's worth giving the garlic treatment a shot.

"If garlic can do it, that would be great," said Schnakenberg.

The garlic-based mosquito treatment runs around $65 per spraying and is supposed to last three weeks.

Garvey said the garlic smell only lasts about 30 minutes so that homes won't smell like Olive Garden restaurants for very long.

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Jason Barry
Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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