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Mosquitoes

MOSQUITOES

If your yard is infested with Mosquitoes Call 1-800-PEST-CONTROL Today! One of the best known summer pests, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water or soft soil and can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days. Female mosquitoes suck our blood. Male mosquitoes feed on plant nectars. They can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days. They are most active from dusk to dawn and will fly up to 14 miles for a blood meal. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water sources such as storm drains, old tires, children’s wading pools and birdbaths. Mosquitoes are well-known to spread diseases such as West Nile Virus and malaria.

Mosquito Control

Mosquito control is the process of actively reducing the number of mosquitoes. Comprehensive mosquito control can use one or more approaches that target different environments and life stages of the mosquito.1-800-PEST-CONTROL lets you enjoy mosquito-free summers. We deliver professional and flexible mosquito control services to your area. We also stand by our services with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you’re summer can be truly worry-free.

Mosquito control is a great option for the home, cabin or the office and we can treat any sized area from large acreage to smaller city lots. Your area will be mosquito-free as soon as we leave your property and one treatment can give you up to 30 days of barrier protection.

Request an estimate today and find out how 1-800-PEST-CONTROL can help you enjoy your summers again.

Reasons to Control Mosquitoes
The most important reason to control mosquitoes is to reduce the likelihood of diseases such as West Nile virus being transmitted to people through mosquito bites. Throughout history, no insect has been a more significant contributor to human discomfort, disease, and death than the mosquito.

Even mosquitoes that do not transmit disease can be bothersome in their biting behavior. In severe instances nuisance mosquitoes can be economically detrimental to businesses, and reduce the quality of life for residents.

Most mosquito control programs reduce mosquito populations through a multi-faceted approach known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM). A mosquito has four life stages – egg, larva, pupa, and adult. In the life cycle of the mosquito, only the adult stage does not require standing water. An IPM program targets each life stage of the mosquito, but is intended to eliminate as many mosquitoes as possible before they emerge as biting adults.

 

Goals of Mosquito Control
Mosquitoes live in many different habitats, and it is impossible to find and treat all of the places that they breed. Furthermore, mosquito control is not intended to eliminate mosquitoes. The goal of a mosquito control program is to reduce adult mosquito populations to a level that minimizes the possibility of people and animals getting sick from diseases associated with mosquitoes, and reduces biting to a level that most people find tolerable.

Erecting an Effective Mosquito Barrier

A mosquito barrier can take a number of different forms. It can be a visible barrier like bug screens or bed netting, or it can be an invisible fence, employing a number of mosquito repellants to keep the little buzzers away.

Visible Barriers

Mosquito netting and screens are very effective in keeping mosquitoes off you, your family, and your pets. If you are outdoors, a canopy with mesh siding not only works well. If you are sleeping in a location that is open to the outside, surround your beds with mosquito netting for a good night’s sleep.

Clothing is also another mosquito barrier. As mosquitoes prefer darker colors, thwart their stalking the domestic human by wearing light colors. In addition, many companies offer outdoor clothing treated with mosquito repellants. Before purchasing, though, check to see what the repellant is then look it up on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website to understand its toxicity to you and the environment.

Invisible mosquito barriers

Effective use of scents and repellents are effective ways to ward off mosquitoes. For personal use, repellants containing DEET are safe when used according to directions. Other chemical repellants are also available that are not harmful to people and the environment. When in doubt about a product, check with the EPA.

Plants and shrubs are another good way to keep mosquitoes from getting under your skin. Marigolds, geraniums, climbing thyme, and others will add to the beauty of your home and deter hungry biters looking for a free meal. Check with your local lawn and garden store for mosquito repellers that are native, or adapted, to your area. They can also inform you as to which ones are attractive to mosquitoes.

Sprays and drenches are also helpful. They can be purchased commercially or made at home. Almost all of them are completely natural and they will not harm plants, people, pets, or the planet. Among the materials used are beer, garlic, products with naturally occurring sulfur, and compounds derived from mosquito repelling plants. Most lawn and garden stores and centers carry these products, and specialized vendors can help with understanding details about their application.

An effective mosquito barrier is not just a single item. If you live in an area where mosquito infestation is a problem – basically anywhere north of Antarctica – consider developing a program that addresses all possible measures to keep mosquitoes from becoming a problem.

Mosquitoes Need Standing Water to Breed
Mosquitoes require water for the immature stages to develop. Any source of standing water, big or small, can produce mosquitoes. To reduce the number of mosquitoes in your neighborhood, it is important to eliminate any standing water (from rain or irrigation) from your home and yard. Cleaning rain gutters, turning over buckets, and draining wading pools are important actions, but there are other, less obvious places that mosquito larvae can develop. Flower pots (especially if plants are being rooted), aquariums on porches, covered and uncovered boats, trash and recycle bins, and irrigation control boxes are all commonly overlooked as potential larval mosquito habitat in people’s yards.

Mosquitoes Rest in Grass and Shrubs
Mosquitoes go to these cooler, humid, shady areas in your yard during the daytime to rest and escape hot dry air that will quickly kill them. Thinning shrubs and cutting down tall grass and weeds will reduce the harborage areas and number of mosquitoes in your yard. 

Mosquitoes Bite Day and Night
Some species of mosquitoes actively seek a blood meal during the daytime; others will bite during the daytime if you disturb them. It is important to remember that the mosquitoes that transmit diseases are much more active and aggressive around dawn and dusk, especially the two hours immediately following sunset.

The Range of the Mosquito
Mosquitoes typically fly a few hundred yards up to two miles from the place they emerge, depending on species and environmental factors.

The Female is the Pest
Only adult female mosquitoes bite. Female mosquitoes need the protein in the blood to produce eggs. Not all species of mosquitoes bite humans – some species prefer birds, large mammals, or even snakes. During the aquatic stages of its life a mosquito feeds on algae and other small organic matter.

It is also important to remember that mosquitoes are not the only small flying insect that bites! Other small and biting insects are commonly mistaken for mosquitoes, including midges, no-see-ums, and black flies.

Reduce Exposure to the West Nile Virus
Avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes! No amount of mosquito control can completely prevent diseases associated with mosquitoes. Taking simple precautions makes a big difference in the likelihood of getting WNV.

  • Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property because standing water provides a place for mosquitoes to develop.
  • Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • If you go out, apply insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Make sure window screens are well maintained.

These simple actions will help keep you and your family from getting bitten by mosquitoes that may be carrying WNV.

If your yard is infested with Mosquitoes Call 1-800-PEST-CONTROL Today!