How To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Mooresville Property
April 30, 2021
Mosquitoes (Culicidae) are very small (but very dangerous) flying insects. North Carolina has traditionally been among the U.S. states that are most plagued by mosquitoes. These troublesome insects feed on plant juices, nectar, and in the case of females, human and animal blood. Their lifespan may extend from several weeks to many months if they have a sufficient supply of water. They are most active after dark and they commonly disturb humans engaging in prolonged outdoor activity, as their bite can spread disease.
The Dangers Of Mosquitoes
When mosquitoes travel and ingest blood, they transmit germs to their victims. Mosquitoes have been proven to spread malaria, West Nile Virus, dengue fever, and a host of other significant health risks. Communities may be susceptible to outbreaks when infected mosquitoes are active and people fail to protect themselves.
Products With Limited Effectiveness In Eradicating Mosquitos
Candles containing citronella or other essential oils have been shown to repel mosquitos in outdoor environments depending on the air movement and other conditions. Devices that claim to repel mosquitoes by generating ultrasonic sound have largely been shown to be ineffective. Some store-bought chemical repellants produce short-term results, but they may be potentially harmful to humans and the environment.
Bug “zappers” function by emitting a light that attracts insects and electrocutes them. The American Mosquito Control Association reports that although these devices are generally effective in killing insects, they tend to attract only a small fraction of the mosquito population in an area.
The Importance Of Eliminating Standing Water To Mosquito Prevention
Standing pools of water create attractive breeding grounds for mosquitoes and should be prevented. Clogged drain ditches for stormwater runoff or swimming pools that have been neglected are common problems. Any type of container that collects rainwater such as old car tires, birdbaths, and canoes is also problematic.
Other Best Practices For Limiting Mosquitoes
Ensure that gutters and downspouts are properly maintained to disperse water away from the structure.
Properly seal and repair screens around doors and windows.
Fill large holes in the trunks of trees with an expanding foam-like sealant.
Check outdoor flower pots for problems with water accumulation.
Apply insect repellant to exposed areas of skin and wear long-sleeved clothes.
Properly Responding To Intrusions By Troublesome Pests
Many people faced with pest-control problems make the mistake of trying various DIY remedies. Despite acting with good intentions, many of the products contain harsh chemicals that may be hazardous to human health and potentially harmful to the environment. The best course of action is to seek assistance from a licensed professional.
Seasoned Team Of Pest Control Professionals in Mooresville
Lake Norman Pest Control is a local, family-owned provider of extermination services. We have proven treatment methods for reducing the population of mosquitoes around Mooresville properties. This includes applying a residual adulticide to likely breeding areas that target mosquito larvae.
Our company maintains a Green Pledge commitment to using “reduced-risk” products that have been proven to be effective and safe. We participated in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program that ensures our pesticides and application practices maintain safety for humans and the physical environment.
We now offer year-round service plans that ensure your property is always protected. These plans are customizable and present a tremendous overall value. Contact our team today for a no-obligation inspection and service quote.