How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes Around Atlanta Yards
July 20, 2021
Mosquitoes in Atlanta are troublesome pests classified within the Diptera group that most types of flies also belong to. It is estimated that more than 3,000 different species of mosquitoes are found worldwide. The thin, scale-covered body of a mosquito typically measures from three to nine mm long, and has long legs and antennae.
How Long Will Mosquitos Stick Around?
The lifespan of a mosquito can reach up to four weeks, depending on factors including temperature and humidity. Female mosquitoes land upon people and animals, and use their mouthpiece to pierce the skin of their host to consume blood, which provides them the proteins necessary for producing eggs. Mosquitoes flourish in hot and humid areas, and females can lay hundreds of eggs. The three most prevalent types of mosquitoes in this region include:
- Aedes species mosquitoes
- Culex species mosquitoes
- Anopheles species mosquitoes
Similar to ticks, female mosquitoes are among the types of vectors that can spread harmful pathogens as they travel between hosts. Some of the most dangerous concerns associated with mosquitoes include the West Nile virus, dengue, the Zika virus, malaria, and various other health risks.
The majority of those bitten by mosquitoes experience mildly irritating patches of red and itchy skin. More serious symptoms may occur among those with weakened immune systems, and those with allergies.
What Things Attract Mosquitoes?
Although it is possible to encounter mosquitoes indoors, they are most commonly found outdoors, particularly during the hours near dusk and dawn. The majority of species will lay their eggs in pools of standing water; therefore, those with properties near ponds, lakes, or swamps are among those most likely to have problems with mosquitoes.
Property owners should remove items that gather rainwater, such as kiddie pools, buckets, or old tires. Those with bird baths should refresh the water regularly in case eggs might be developing in them. Leaking hoses or spigots should be promptly repaired, and gutters and downspouts should be regularly maintained to move water away from the structure.
Best Practices To Prevent Bites
Those preparing for outdoor activity should prevent direct skin exposure by wearing long-sleeved shirts and full-length pants. An EPA-approved repellent, such as in forms of sprays or lotions, should be applied to areas of exposed skin. Repellants have proven to be effective, but should be reapplied after several hours. Studies suggest that mosquitoes can detect the carbon dioxide that our bodies emit from more than 30 feet away. As they move closer to a potential host, the mosquito will also detect body heat. Avoid wearing strong fragrances that could attract mosquitoes.
The Importance Of Contacting A Professional
The majority of the do-it-yourself treatment options sold online and in local stores generate mediocre results at best. Products including aerosol sprays, traps, and foggers tend to produce very short-term results that will likely prolong your frustration. Also, many of these store-bought options could contain harsh chemical agents that pose health risks. The professionals with Tuxedo Mosquito Control are now equipped with the MistAway Gen III+ automated mosquito misting system. This product sprays a mist that forms a virtual barrier of protection from mosquitoes throughout the property. The system’s components are weather-resistant, and it has proven to be an effective and safe solution.
Licensed Mosquito Treatment Professionals In Atlanta
Our company is family-owned, and we are committed to delivering superior results for our residential and commercial customers in the Atlanta region. We are also active in the community and involved with professional organizations including the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The NPMA is an industry-leading agency that supports public health and creates recommendations and best practices for the pest control market. Contact us today to schedule your property for effective mosquito control in Atlanta.
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