These insects are inarguably some of the most annoying to deal with. Let them get into your personal space and they’ll incessantly buzz in your ear or circle your head like vultures finding fresh carcass. Then, when you least expect it, they bite you! And if you leave them be, you’ll wake up in the morning with your body covered in red, itchy mosquito bites.
It isn’t their feeding habits that makes them quite the nuisance, though. In reality, we get rid of these pests as they are known to transfer diseases through their bites. This fact alone makes them quite a threat to businesses. Seeing this disease carriers in the business premises can often drive employees and potential clients away since nobody likes being feasted upon by mosquitoes. Without a doubt, a professional pest inspection and treatment will make sure your office or home stays safe from these blood-sucking fiends.
Fast Facts on Mosquitoes
For starters, you should know that mosquitoes will live close to any still water area. They’re certainly built for survivability considering the fact that they have existed since the Triassic period. There have been 2,700 species discovered so far and they develop from larvae to adults really fast (10 days). Take note that it’s only the females that bite humans while their male counterparts feed off nectar and sweet things.
Signs of a Mosquito Infestation
Among the first signs is if you notice them flying around the moist lawn or among your garden plants. Adult mosquitoes love to hang around still water bowls, houseplant trays, and other moist areas where they can lay their eggs. Another clear sign that you may have these buzzing insects sharing your space is the sight of insect bites on your skin that seemingly increase by the day.
If any of these signs become apparent, don’t hesitate to call professional exterminators before anything dire happens to you, your family, or staff.
Treating Mosquito Problems the Professional Way
In the beginning, a technician performs a thorough pest inspection on your home or business space. This part of the process will help you understand what started the invasion, where they hide, and what can be done. Indeed, they’ll recommend the best pest control and removal treatment that suits your unique requirements.
After the initial inspection, a chemical or microbial treatment as well as physical pest control may be conducted.
Pest technicians have a variety of insecticides at their disposal. Which chemical solution they use will often depend on the site of the infestation, the stage of development being curbed, and the number of larvae to eliminate.
One particular option comes in the form of space sprays, which are designed to kill adult mosquitoes over very large areas. These sprays produce small, micron-sized insecticide clouds that leave no residual chemical once dispersed. So, for these to be effective, they have to be applied during periods of high mosquito activity and low wind conditions. Otherwise, the insecticide cloud may drift away from the target area and possibly affect non-target insects nearby.
Another form of chemical pest control that can be used against mosquitoes are residual barriers that deposit active ingredients onto resting surfaces, which kill mosquitoes that land on them. Typical surfaces treated with such include external and internal walls, furniture, fences, vegetation, etc. These barriers will put in place a killing zone between major breeding sources and a residential area.
A similar form of residual chemical can also be used to treat tents, clothing, mosquito nets, etc. Their fabric is often soaked in a chemical emulsion and then dried out before use. Doing so similarly kills mosquito landing on the treated materials.
Microbial Pest Control
This option is mostly toxic to mosquito larvae and it can dramatically control the local population, keeping their numbers from growing out of control. Initiatives using this strategy have been deployed by government programs to treat sensitive waterways.
Once the appropriate chemical treatments are done, pest technicians will then try to modify the environment where the mosquito population has been found. This may include managing the water flow, draining potential still water sources, and covering larval habitats. Doing these makes sure your mosquito problem won’t be returning any time soon.
Avoid Getting Bitten by Mosquitoes
Besides calling professional pest removal teams, you can do a number of things to keep mosquitoes from feasting on you.
Installing insect screens can be a good start so these pests can’t come into your premises for a free meal any time they wish. And if you find yourself out and about later during the day, wear protective clothes (e.g. loose pants/skirts, shirts with full sleeves, etc.) and apply mosquito repellent.
But if you do not wish to live in fear of these sickness-causing pests, your best bet is still to ask professional help. Speaking of which, call our pest control experts today and we’ll help you deal with your mosquito problems ASAP.