Have you heard the buzzing sound of mosquitoes lately?
There are over 150 species of mosquitoes in the United States, but only a few pose pest or health problems, like the Aedes and the Anopheles mosquito.
Mosquitoes start to become a problem as temperatures begin to rise in spring. The mosquito season lasts from April to September each year, although in some warmer states, like Florida and Georgia, the season can be a lot longer.
Mosquitoes are small flying insects found on all continents except for Antarctica. There are approximately 3,000 species worldwide.
They are attracted to humans by the carbon dioxide in our breath. It is the female mosquito, which bites humans for a blood meal, and they can travel up to 1 - 2 miles in search of a meal. Female mosquitoes require the protein from the blood in order to produce eggs. Male mosquitoes, on the other hand, feed on nectar and plant juices as their mouthparts are not suitable for sucking blood.
Mosquito eggs are laid in a variety of areas such as standing water, sides of water-filled containers or on moist soil in flood-prone areas – this means your yard could be a perfect breeding site!
Mosquitoes are prolific breeders. It usually takes between just 10 and 16 days for a mosquito to develop from an egg into an adult. This rapid development time means, that before you even have time to act, you could have a serious mosquito problem.
If you already have mosquitoes, a professional mosquito control program is essential to get rid of mosquitoes as quickly and as effectively as possible.
Learn more about how to get rid of mosquitoes.
Most mosquito bites do not carry the risk of a serious illness but there are a few species of mosquitoes, which can transmit diseases, like West Nile Virus (WNV).
Find out about mosquito bites – symptoms and reactions - and protect yourself and your kids from any harm.
Prevention is always better than cure. If you are concerned about mosquitoes or think that your property may be at risk, there are some simple checks you can do in your yard to minimize any potential breeding sites and to reduce the risk of bites.
Learn more about mosquito prevention.
Many homeowners want to be able to deal with the problem on their own and as quickly as possible. You can go to a local hardware store to find products like mosquito dunks and "traps" to solve the problem, but they are not very effective. When buying a mosquito repellent, always ensure that the repellent contains DEET or other EPA-registered active ingredients.
DIY mosquito control can be effective sometimes, but for a more serious problem, we would advise you to contact your local pest control professional for specialized mosquito control.
In North America, there are only a few species of mosquitoes that transmit serious diseases such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV).
It is important to be aware of the potential symptoms and treatments available for mosquito diseases.
Do not let mosquitoes rule your home! A serious mosquito problem will often require the help of a professional pest control company to eliminate the problem quickly and effectively.
Ehrlich can offer a range of treatments to target both the larval stage and the adult mosquitoes, to try to ensure complete elimination of the mosquito population.
If you are concerned about the risk of mosquitoes, Ehrlich can provide professional advice on effective mosquito prevention to keep your property safe from this pest.