The mosquito is a disease carrier and an irritant, but it is NOT impossible to control.
Understanding mosquito biology and the mosquito breeding cycle can result in effective pest control for mosquito infestation. Our technicians are trained and experienced in mosquito control around homes.
Two Options to Fit Any Budget
We can help you control these pesky insects so you can enjoy your property without the mosquitoes feasting on you and your family. We offer a budget-friendly monthly program in which your technician will manually apply a garlic-based mosquito repellent, or we can install an automatic misting system that will provide a daily dose of specially formulated mosquito repellent.
The most common products used in automatic misting systems are pyrethrins and permethrins. However, although these products are considered to be relatively safe to use, we offer a, alternative: a unique garlic-based formulation which repels mosquitoes very effectively, eliminating the need to use these other products. As a bonus, it’s also effective on vampires!
A technician will be glad to discuss these options with you.
Mosquito Prevention Tips
- Dispose of any tires. Tires can breed thousands of mosquitoes.
- Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers to allow water to drain.
- 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 at least once every few days.
- Canoes and other boats should be turned over.
- Avoid water collecting on pool covers.
- Empty water collected in tarps around the yard or on woodpiles.
- Plug tree holes.
They don’t need much water to lay their eggs.
West Nile Virus
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus. Similar to other mosquito-borne encephalitides, it is generally cycled between birds and mosquitoes and transmitted to mammals including horses and man by infected mosquitoes.
West Nile virus has historically been found in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and was first detected in the United States in 1999 in New York City. In 2012, 48 states reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 5,387 cases of West Nile virus was reported in people, including 243 deaths.
What are the symptoms of West Nile Virus?
Studies have shown that only a small percentage of infected humans show symptoms of disease. Symptoms of West Nile fever, resulting from infection with West Nile virus, include fever, headache, rash, and aches. In severe cases, encephalitis, meningitis, and meningeoncephalitis may occur.
Severe symptoms may include high fever, disorientation, tremors, coma, paralysis, and death. Fatalities are more likely in people over the age of 50 and those with weakened immune systems. The time between the mosquito bite and the onset of illness, known as the incubation period, ranges from 5-15 days in humans.
Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. Although mosquitoes are the primary source of the Zika virus, infections through blood transfusion and sexual contact have been reported.
Until recently, known Zika cases were limited parts of Africa and Asia, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has noted the virus is spreading to many countries, including the United States.
The Aedes mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases. They prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near people.
These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters, but hey can also bite at night. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites.
What are the symptoms of ZIKA Virus?
The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) of Zika virus disease is not clear, but is likely to be a few days. The symptoms are similar to other arbovirus infections such as dengue, and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. These symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-7 days.