How do mosquito infestations start?
Mosquito infestations start in bodies of standing water. This water can be found in lakes, swamps, puddles, and canals, but it can also be found on your property in various objects that can hold water for a long time. A mosquito female will lay up to 100 eggs at once in the water, and then tend to the larvae as they grow.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
For the most part mosquitoes are not dangerous. Their bites will leave an itchy bump and that’s about it. However, this does not mean that they do not have the potential to be very dangerous. Most pest mosquito species in the US are capable of carrying some serious disease or another, but these diseases have been mostly eradicated in the country. The real problem is that the number of cases of these dangerous diseases is going up, mainly due to increased travel and overseas trade. All it takes is for a group of mosquitoes to pick up one of these diseases and spread it for the disease to enter an endemic stage in the country.
Can you prevent mosquito infestation?
Mosquito infestations can be prevented by making sure that there is no standing water on the property. You will have to remove any object that can collect water inside of it, or at least check these objects regularly to make sure that there is no stagnating water within them. You will also have to make sure that the gutters are unclogged and that they are not collecting water.
How are mosquito infestations removed?
Mosquito infestations are removed by destroying the mosquito breeding sites. A pro will inspect your property to find the source of the infestation, and if it originates on the property, he will remove the source. If the infestation is coming from a larger body of water nearby, such as a lake, then the pro will treat the water with insecticides designed to kill mosquito larvae. In certain situations, removing the infestation is a community-wide effort, where the standing water has to be redirected using canals. However, when you hire a pro, he will discuss all of these issues with you before going through with the control procedures. If you have any other questions about mosquitoes and how they are controlled, or if there is a mosquito infestation on your property, contact us today.