There are over 3,500 mosquito species identified around the world, 12 of which claim Georgia as their residence of choice. These particularly annoying insects are not just the cause of itchy red bites, but the spread of diseases worldwide. Malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, dengue fever, and Zika are among these. West Nile virus and Zika are of particular concern in the southern U.S., with Zika making headlines more recently.

Mosquito control is an important step in protecting you and your family from itchy welts and potential diseases.

Identification

Generally, if you venture outside and find yourself covered with bites after a few minutes, it’s safe to assume that you have a mosquito problem. But it’s important to make sure that the bugs that are biting you are actually mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are commonly identified by their single pair of scaled wings; long, thin legs; scaled body; and prominent proboscis.

Midges and crane flies are frequently mistaken for mosquitoes. Midges are similar in appearance, but do not drink blood. Crane flies are too large (think oversized mosquito) but are no more than an annoyance.

Control

Once you’ve determined that the bugs you’re dealing with are in fact mosquitoes, there are measures you can take to put a dent in the mosquito population in your yard. The best way to do this is to disturb the areas where they lay their eggs. Most species of mosquito lay their eggs in standing water, by removing sources of still water, you’re giving them less places to reproduce, something they can do in just over a week. Some examples of standing water include:

  • Tree trunks/stumps
  • Ponds
  • Cupped/pitcher flowers
  • Birdbaths
  • Puddles
  • Potholes
  • Dripping faucets
  • Tarps
  • Clogged rain gutters
  • Pet dishes
  • Lawn and garden decorations

Next, take a look at your landscaping. There is no need to remove all greenery from your yard, but cutting back overgrown areas is a helpful step. Making sure your grass is short, there are no moist piles of leaves or clippings, and bushes are cut back are the best ways to disturb the hiding place of adult mosquitoes.

Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control provides a mosquito management program to regulate the number of mosquitoes in your yard. Each month (we recommend between March and October) we will come out and mist your yard, trees, bushes, and shaded areas with a non-staining, non-odorous, plant-friendly solvent. Our product leaves behind no residue and does not cause phytotoxicity.

For event and special occasions, Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control provides a one-time special misting treatment to ensure you and your guests are comfortable.

Contact the Mosquito Control Experts Today

If you’re tired of getting eaten alive every time you step outside, give Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control a call at (770) 509-9040 or contact us online today.