Mosquitoes 101

Mosquitoes need no introduction for anyone who’s been living on Earth. There are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes, and about 200 of those bite humans. While mosquitoes are most known for bothering you at summer shindigs, they can also spread many dangerous diseases to humans and our pets. Technically a type of fly, mosquitoes develop in water and tend to prefer small, isolated puddles rather than established water systems like lakes or rivers.

Prevention

Any small container that holds water for seven days can breed mosquitoes. So, while total prevention isn’t possible, there are things you can do to significantly reduce mosquito populations near your home.

  • After it rains, search your property for items holding water (flower pots, wheelbarrows, birdbaths, toys, tarps, used tires, etc.) and dump them out.
  • Heavy vegetation can trap small pools of water, so keep bushes trimmed, keep grass cut, and don’t use excessive amounts of mulch or pine straw.
  • Make sure gutters are not clogged and are working properly to divert water away from the house.
  • Keep windows and doors shut, or make sure they have screens in good condition to keep mosquitoes from flying indoors.
  • Personal repellents that contain DEET or picaridin work well to prevent bites.
  • At cookouts, use fans to help push mosquitoes and other flying insects away.

We will inspect the property to assess population levels and other factors that must be addressed. We provide regular treatments during mosquito season to reduce populations. These treatments involve identifying and treating potential breeding sites and low-lying shaded areas—where adult mosquitoes like to hang out—with an insect growth regulator.

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