Residential Mosquito Control
Of all the animals on earth, mosquitoes may very well pose the greatest threat to man's health and existence. Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, such as Malaria, West Nile Virus, Yellow fever, Filariasis, Dengue Fever and Encephalitis kill and debilitate millions of persons worldwide even with today's advances in medicine. Even as a nuisance biter, they can have a major negative impact on a local economy by inhibiting recreational or work environments.
The threat of West Nile Virus is real , and so are other viruses mosquitoes can carry.
Beyond mosquito repellent for protecting you and your family, we offer a long-term control program. For starters, we control adult mosquitoes on your property. Then, we turn our focus to elimination of existing mosquito larvae developing in standing water - to control them before they become breeding, biting adults.
In short, we offer a dual approach to reducing mosquito populations, which reduces the number of mosquitoes that may carry such diseases as West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, Dengue, Malaria and Canine Heartworm.
Unfortunately, not all of the mosquitoes you encounter on your property originate there. This means an ongoing treatment regimen is your best option for protecting you and your family, so you can continue to enjoy your outdoor activities.
SUMMER MOSQUITO SAFETY
Active mosquito season runs from March through October. Here are a few tips to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases.
Mosquito control starts at home.
- Avoid shaded areas where mosquitoes may be resting.
- If possible, schedule your activities to avoid the times when mosquitoes are most active - usually dawn and dusk.
- If you have a deck or patio, light it using General Electric yellow "Bug Lights". These lights are not repellant, per se, but do not attract mosquitoes like other incandescent lights.
- Mosquitoes are relatively weak fliers, so placing a large fan on your deck or patio can provide an effective low-tech solution.
- Wear protective clothing such as long pants and long sleeve shirts when outdoors.
- Use insect repellents properly. DEET, Picaridin and Oil of Lemon-Eucalyptus are proven to be the most effective. Use repellents only as directed on the label.
- Check your door and window screens for holes and tears that mosquitoes can use to enter your home. Put 16 mesh screening or hardware cloth over bathroom and other vent outlets on your roof.
- Keep pools clean and chlorinated.
- Keep emergent vegetation to a minimum in ponds and streams.
- Keep ponds stocked with mosquito fish after consulting with local fish and game personnel to see if permits are needed. They are often available from your local mosquito control district. Steeply grade pond margins to prevent predators such as wading birds, raccoons, etc from eating the fish
- Eliminate all standing water on your property. Don't forget to remind your neighbors, too. Their mosquitoes may also be your mosquitoes.
- Dispose of any tires. Tires can breed thousands of mosquitoes.
- Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers.
- Clear roof gutters of debris.
- Clean pet water dishes regularly.
- Check and empty children's toys.
- Repair leaky outdoor faucets.
- Change the water in bird baths and plant pots at least once a week.
- Canoes, boats, and wading pools should be turned over.
- Avoid water collecting on pool covers.
- Plug tree holes and stumps.
- Fill in or drain puddles and ruts in your yard.
- Keep shrubbery and weeds trimmed.
- Even the smallest of containers that can collect water can breed hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes. They don't need much water to lay their eggs. (bottles, buckets, overturned garbage can lids, etc.)
Remember, the best protection is prevention! CALL US TODAY TO GET STARTED 706.769.7826!