If there’s a creature that defines resilience, it’s the mosquito. Ever since their first appearance, probably 79 million years ago, they’ve been around, having even survived the terrible Triassic-Jurassic extinction. If humanity could ever reach a consensus on something, it would be eradicating these six-legged insects.
They can cause terrible diseases like malaria, West Nile virus, Zika fever, dengue, and Japanese encephalitis. Even though there’s no way to eliminate every mosquito, it is possible to reduce their population. Through a combination of preventive measures and efficient mosquito control methods, you could ensure that these deadly killers are kept at bay. What are the ways this is done, and what are some interesting facts about mosquitoes? This article will address these questions.
A Brief Introduction to Mosquitoes
Even though you might feel you know everything about mosquitoes, there are still some things about them that you don’t. For example, did you know that there are almost 3,000 species of mosquitoes? The three primary disease carriers are Aedes, Culex, and Anopheles. Dengue, which is a problem in more than 120 countries worldwide, is caused by the female Aedes aegypti. Female mosquitoes are bigger than males and have simple antennas, whereas males have thick and hairy antennas. Dark, damp, and cool areas close to stagnant water are perfect breeding grounds for Anopheles and Culex. They are also drawn towards carbon dioxide, water, light and are strongly attracted to the scent of sweat and the odor of lactic acid. That explains their buzzing around your ears at night or finding a comfortable spot to sink their needles.
Why Do You Need a Mosquito Control Service?
Even though you can try DIY methods like sprays to kill a scourge of mosquitoes, you will require the help of professionals to deal with larger breeding areas. Since they possess the equipment, technology, and expertise, they will ensure that the results are effective and long-lasting. If you face issues with mosquitoes in your area or pests, here are other reasons you should consider hiring a pest control service to deal with these insects.
Identifying the Breeding Areas in the House
However thorough you might be in your search, you will never be able to locate the breeding areas of the mosquitoes as efficiently as the professionals. Backed by years of experience and faced with many similar situations, they know where to look immediately. Some places in your house where mosquitoes love breeding are trash cans, stagnant water, air conditioner, woodpiles, tree stumps, old discarded tires, recycling bins, garbage cans, flower pots, drains, gutters, and uncut grass. Professionals will do a thorough search for the insects in all the potential hideouts and develop strategies to deal with them accordingly.
Treating Standing Water
Unlike the pest control services, you might not even have the resources to treat standing water. They will use products like larvicides to eliminate the mosquitoes. Larvicides are insecticides that kill mosquito larvae and pupae before they can fully develop into adults. They come in different forms like tablets, liquids, pellets, granules, and briquettes. However, their application is deemed safe when used in the right amount and as per instructions on the label.
Reach Places Where You Cannot
Although mosquitoes breed on the surface, they are also found a few feet high among tall bushes and grasses. Your backyard spray will never be able to reach these areas. On the other hand, professional pest control services have gas-powered mist-blowers that can reach places up to 15 feet high, where mosquitoes prefer resting during the day. A mist-blower is a machine that sprays insecticides in the form of mist.
Create a Solid and Effective Barrier
No mosquito treatment will work unless it is long-lasting. One way to ensure that the treatment lasts for a long time is to create an effective boundary using a residual product. Some of the residual products that pest control services apply along the edges of a property are Cyfluthrin, Cypermethrin, Deltamethrin, and Permethrin. Each of these is effective and essential and offers the most effective resistance against insects. If you’ve got a lawn, they will apply granular insecticides to ensure complete protection and safety, particularly during the evening when mosquitoes gather in large numbers.
A reliable mosquito control service will usually visit you after a duration of ten to fifteen days to assess the situation. If you aren’t happy with the previous treatment, you can tell them why. They will try a different approach or use other insecticides to eradicate the menace of the insects. You will start seeing the treatment results after just twenty-four hours. They will even provide you with valuable suggestions and recommendations for preventing the growth of mosquitoes in the future.
A professional and efficient mosquito control service will ensure the systematic elimination of breeding areas and an impressive reduction in the mosquito population in your house. Mosquitoes should always be dealt with timely and effectively since they can be lethal.
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